Visit Sweetwater County: How to Experience the Land of the Flaming Gorge
There is a breathtaking natural landscape south of Rock Springs and Green River.
Attracting adventurers, families, locals, and anyone simply looking for beautiful views, the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area offers year-round activities and attractions.
Here are some ways to experience one of Sweetwater County’s hidden gems.
FLAMING CANYON SCENIC BYWAY
If you’re short on time and want a sneak peek at the towering canyons, expansive lake, and even some wildlife, head the Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway.
Begin the route from Rock Springs and travel south on US-191 along the east side of Lake Flaming Gorge.
Go around HWY-44 and travel north along the west side of the lake until you reach Green River.
There are various stops along this scenic drive to snap photos, have a picnic, or enjoy the water.
Stop at a scenic lookout like the Firehole Canyon Overlook or the Clay Basin Overlook.
The ride is approximately 250 miles and takes 90 minutes to do one side.
FLAMING CANYON SCENIC BYWAY GUIDE
Extend your visit to Flaming Gorge Country by overnight camping in one of the various campsites and RV sites in the area.
Each marina has campsites that provide easy access to supplies, food, and recreation. However, there are plenty of other locations to choose from, including boat-in campsites like the Hideout Boat-in Campground and the Jarvies Boat-in Campground.
Or stay right on the shores of Lake Flaming Gorge at the Antelope Flat Campground.
The campsite on the lake has 45 gravel pitches and five tent pitches for tent and mobile home camping, as well as a boat ramp on site for easy access to the water.
Stay closer to Rock Springs and Green River by camping at Firehole Canyon Campground, which has 40 paved, non-electric pitches for tent and RV camping.
This high desert campsite has a boat ramp and easy access for fishing, hiking, and water sports.
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FULL SERVICE PORT
There are three full-service marinas in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area where you can collect supplies and groceries. rent boats, kayaks, and paddleboards; or moor your boat.
The Buckboard Marina on the west side is closest to the Green River and Rock Springs and offers easy access for boating and fishing.
Cedar Springs Marina and Lucerne Valley Marina are both on the Utah side and offer seasonal dining and the full range of services.
For a unique experience on Lake Flaming Gorge, head to the Lucerne Valley Marina, where you can rent houseboats to stay overnight on the lake! This is also a great way to see the stars.
When it comes to water recreation, there are endless opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, and more on the 91 mile long Lake Flaming Gorge. Bring your own watercraft or rent fishing boats, pontoons, houseboats, kayaks, and paddleboards in a marina.
It is impossible not to enjoy the region’s majestic waters when visiting Flaming Gorge Country, no matter how old you are.
But did you know that there are many other ways to experience the rugged landscape?
On 42,000 hectares, visitors can explore trails for hiking, mountain biking, and quad biking. And after a day of adventure, toast marshmallows and relax on the shores of Lake Flaming Gorge.
Do you need travel inspiration for your next visit to this hidden oasis in the American West? Follow our three day itinerary to get started.