Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Made of spectacular red canyon walls and arid green forest, the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area sprawls across the southwest region of Wyoming in Sweetwater County. The area covers 207,363 acres of scenic landscape and wilderness. The area’s most popular destination is the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, measuring 91 miles long. You can also experience the Green River, separated from the reservoir by the towering wall of the Flaming Gorge Dam. Both the reservoir and the river provide a plethora of water activities to choose from.

Located just south of the Wyoming towns of Rock Springs and Green River, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is a must-see destination in Wyoming. Whether you enjoy spending your time slowly trolling across a large lake or wading in a blue ribbon river to catch the trout of a lifetime, plan your next escape to this colorful corner of Wyoming and be sure to mark your calendar for the annual weekend-long celebration of Flaming Gorge Days. Check out this map to help plan your epic getaway to one of Wyoming's best destinations. 


Things to do at Flaming Gorge


Both the Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Green River are a fishing paradise. The reservoir is filled with 30+ pound lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon and smallmouth bass. There are several access points to launch a boat on the lake — one of the most popular being Buckboard Marina — located just 25 miles south of the nearby town of Green River. In 1988, a record lake trout (51 lb 8 oz) was caught at Flaming Gorge, and we like to think there may even be bigger fish to yet be caught. 

In addition to fishing on the reservoir, the Green River is famous for its abundantly clear water and endless trout supply. On any given day you will see a fleet of drift boats and rubber rafts floating down the Green River. To purchase a fishing license, stop at Ace Hardware in Rock Springs just before heading south to get to the national recreation area.  


Bring your own or rent a boat from the Buckboard Marina which opens the door to endless water sport opportunities including: tubing, water skiing and swimming. Or you an opt for another form or transportation on the water and jet ski or raft the river or lake. 


The epic scenery and landscape of Flaming Gorge makes it the perfect place to take a hike. Trails consist of both deserts to forests and range from short jaunts to longer excursions. Learn more about hiking Flaming Gorge here.

Tour the Dam

Visitors can also tour the Flaming Gorge Dam. Located just south of the Wyoming border in our neighboring state of Utah, the dam separates the reservoir from the river and is one of the largest in the West. It rises more than 500 feet above the Green River and provides water storage in addition to hydroelectric power. There is a visitor center located on top of the dam, which provides daily tours down into the dam to view the hydroelectric power plant.


Camping is one of the most popular activities in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. There are several different campsites available offering scenic views of the lake, river and beautiful canyon walls. It’s a good idea to book a campground at least a month in advance of your trip, especially during holidays and the busy summer season. Reserve your campsite at www.recreation.gov.

Buckboard Marina, located on the northwest shore of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, is one such site offering 66 single-family campsites. Several of the sites provide electrical hookups and most all offer a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Each site has access to flushable toilets, drinking water and showers.

Just a short drive north of Flaming Gorge are the great Wyoming towns of Green River and Rock Springs, both of which offer excellent and diverse lodging options. 

Getting There

From I-80 in southern Wyoming, take exit 99 in Rock Springs and head south on highway 191. Or you can travel south of Green River on Hwy 530. 

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