I hate the long rides. I hate when you sit for hours with occasional 15 mins stops at rest areas. When I planned to trip through Colorado AND Wyoming, it was obvious – we will have long drives through the wast valleys. So I dug dipper in the maps to find the places that are not famous but still great. That’s how we ended up in Flaming Gorge.
Being larget reservoir in Wyoming, Flaming Gorge is a part of Green River canyon. Though the significant part of it is in Wyoming, the 1/3 or less is in Utah.
We stayed overnight at Rock Springs. US 530 and US 191 both start near the town, and both are considered Scenic Road. We drove US 530 stopping time to time to take photos before crossing the Utah border. Here walls of the canyon become higher and view spectacular. After a couple of switchbacks, we took a dirt road to Dowd Mt. Overlook.
The overlook has information stand and picnic area. Views from the place are stunning! We spent some time exploring the site and checking rocks.
While in the area it worth to check the Red Canyon Visitor Center. They have a small museum and spectacular observation points.
Links and map
- Flaming Gorge on utah.com
- Official Ashley National Forest Flaming Gorge site