Flaming Gorge Tour: An Eye Opening Perspective

It’s a privilege to live in Sweetwater County. This was the main snack I had from the first Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism Flaming Gorge Tour that I did recently.

As the busload of us noted on the trip, you don’t have to go far from home to find some of the most incredible places around us. Millions of years combined with geological forces have created some of the best places to see.

And they are right in our back yard – in the truest sense of the word.

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The tour is one that I highly recommend to take on your own or visit family members. I’ve lived in Rock Springs all my life, but during my time on the tour I’ve learned so many new things about this special place we call home.

Below are some highlights of the tour as well as some photos of the day.

Flame Canyon gateway sign

The first stop on the tour is at the Flaming Gorge Gateway sign. After taking the perfect picture with the sign, get a glimpse of geological artwork as you gaze out at the open landscape. Meaningful signs explain some of the forces involved in carving the rocky land before your very eyes.

Fire Hole Gorge

As you continue down a one-way street, keep your eyes out the window to see the many unique rock formations. Upon arrival at Firehole Canyon, see chimney rock formations.

After disembarking, explore the sediments of Lake Gosiute. The lake previously covered the Green River Basin over 60 million years ago, then eventually disappeared, leaving behind a beautiful landscape.

Camping, mountain biking, hiking, and a shooting range are just a few of the activities visitors can enjoy at Firehole Canyon.

Flaming Gorge Dam

As you drive into the Flaming Gorge Dam, you will likely see people from all over the world on the lake trying to catch the next record trout. Some of the best fishing opportunities can be found on the dam, which makes it a must-see.

The visitor center also provides a wealth of information about the local area. Open all year round, everyone is welcome to study and take a free summer tour of the dam to discover its rich history and purpose.

Having lunch

Not only does this tour satisfy your hunger for the outdoors, but it also features a spectacular lunch at Red Canyon Lodge or Flaming Gorge Resort. Grab a burger, turkey sandwich, or chicken sandwich and recharge your batteries for the rest of the day.

Red Canyon Visitor Center

Prepare for great views at the Red Canyon Visitor Center. From a height of 500 meters above the lake, you might just want to spend the rest of the day here.

On the self-guided trail, you’ll also learn about some of the plant species that surround the area.

View of Sheep Creek Bay

As impressive as the view of Red Canyon, grab a camera to capture the view of Sheep Creek Bay. With this fantastic view you will see the red landscape that gave the Flaming Gorge its name.

Sheep Creek is home to many different types of wildlife. Bighorn sheep are just one example you might come across, so keep your eyes peeled.

Salmon interpretation page

On the way to Manila, Utah, the salmon signs explain the spawning season, which occurs in Sheep Creek. Salmon spawn in this area in August and September.

Additionally, huge rock formations and trees surround the creek, making it the perfect place to spend a day exploring.

Lucerne Valley Marina or Buckboard Marina

A full-service marina will be busy with visitors on the Lucerne peninsula. The Lakeside Grill is sure to be a great place to grab an afternoon lunch or an ice cream. You’ll also get to know some resident antelopes well as they roam the marina grounds.

Buckboard Marina is the only marina on the Wyoming side of the canyon and is a great spot for ice fishing.

Expedition island

At the end of the tour, see Expedition Island in the heart of the Green River, where John Wesley Powell began his historic journey on the Green and Colorado Rivers.

Visitors can see the many hiking trails and water activities that are available.

No matter what you know or where you are from, don’t miss out on these incredible tours hosted by Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism starting summer 2021.

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