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“For those who love hiking, old fashioned camping and fishing in an amazing hidden spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
Manila, UT 84046
435-784-3445
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Manila
Type: National Parks
Activities: Scuba diving
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Owner description: National recreation area inside the Ashley National Forest.
Arkansas
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“For those who love hiking, old fashioned camping and fishing in an amazing hidden spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We recently spent some time in a place no Americans seem to know about, Flaming Gorge, Utah. This is a piece of the Uinta Mountains (bet you didn't know about this mountain range, which predates the Rockies!). A large reservoir was built here in the 60's. It is located off the beaten track in NE Utah near the Wyoming and Colorado borders. As you explore it you will find an incredibly deep canyon colored red with rocks almost a billion years old. 1,0350 feet down from the top are deep waters from the Green River. The canyon is ringed with wilderness mountains and trails at high elevations and sagebrush at low elevations. Camping is offered for tents and self contained RV's, but you can stay in private campgrounds nearby with electricity and water. There is also a lodge with really good food called Red Canyon Lodge. There are boats and rafts available for the reservoir and the river below the dam. Because the river has 1 and 2 level rapids you can float down it without a guide, and fly fish for trout if you wish.

This great place is relatively uncrowded, unlike the other Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah national parks. It is an hour south of highway 80 and an hour north of Vernal on 191. Everyone who comes there says "I didn't know about this place". Many Europeans visit it, though. They seem to know that its a good place to stop on their way to Yellowstone, to the Tetons, to Arches, or to Dinosaur. Around Flaming Gorge are isolated valleys where you can see places where outlaws such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid out from the law. Just know you need to drive there on dirt and gravel roads which are in pretty good shape, even for small RV's and cars.

Visited August 2013
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Jensen Beach, Florida
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“Red canyon is magical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The most beautiful views are seen from the visitors center Windows. Its worth the drive through 191 south of Rock Springs Utah.

Visited August 2013
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Ellsworth, Kansas
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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This area is remarkably beautiful. Don't miss going to the top of Red Rock Canyon and look down on Flaming Gorge reservoir. It will take your breath away.

Visited August 2013
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“Great place for camping and water sports”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Many activities available for the outdoors enthusiasts. Biking, hiking, fishing, boating, camping, beautiful drive thru the 169 mile Loup. From dry Wyoming scrubland on the north end to tall pine forest in Utah, simply beautiful! We intend to return.

Visited June 2013
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“Best scenery.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We stopped to check it out. Awesome views, easy access and super photo ops. The gorge is beautiful and side trips like Sheep Creek Geological Loop are breath taking.

Visited July 2013
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