For thousands of years the Green River carved its course through the colorful rock formations of the area to form the deep canyons that now serve as a geographic marvel to all visitors. With the construction of the Flaming Gorge Dam in the early 1960’s, a recreational setting was established which has become one of the most visited sites in the continental United States. Visitors and residents alike are spellbound by the beauty of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, with its 91 mile long lake, the Green River and its deep canyons. The majestic High Uinta Wilderness serves as the backdrop to this marvelous place.
The beauty and grandeur of the landscape are not the only reasons for the popularity of the area. Many come to learn of the prehistoric and historic events that took place here. This area has attracted human activity for thousands of years. Paleo Indians, Fremont culture people, and Ute and Shoshoni Indians have all called this place home. In the nineteenth century, the area was frequented by mountain men and explorers, followed by settlers and notorious outlaws.
Modern day explorers are drawn from all over the world to enjoy a huge variety of world class outdoor recreation activities in a majestic landscape.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is managed by the USDA Forest Service, Ashley National Forest, and USDI Bureau of Reclamation. Over 600 camping and picnic units (including boat-in and floating camps), two visitor centers, over a hundred miles of trails and many other visitor facilities offer you a wide range of recreational opportunities.