Running between Vernal and Manila on US Highway 191 and Utah Highway 44, the Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway climbs foothills and major geological formations, reaching the one billion year old exposed core of the Uinta Mountains near Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The theme of the byway is "Wildlife Through the Ages" as the route travels through one of the richest areas for wildlife and fossils in the west. During your drive you will not only experience abundant wildlife, but also deep multi-colored canyons, unique geologic features, breathtaking scenic vistas and vast forest landscapes.
The byway features 15 Interpretive sites and 4 nature trails. Throughout the byway, these interpretive pullouts and geological signs explain the evolution of the area's geology and wildlife, both past and present. Enjoy the spectacular view from Red Canyon Overlook. Take the guided tour of the 502-foot high Flaming Gorge Dam. Whatever you do, bring your camera!
Directions: From the south, take US Hwy 191 out of Vernal. The southern orientation center is at the Utah Fieldhouse of Natural History. From the north, enter the byway in Mania and visit its orientation center. Another great site to begin your journey is at the Flaming Gorge Dam and Visitor Center.
General Location From Vernal Utah north to the Wyoming state line on both sides of Flaming Gorge
Time to Allow 2 hours
Route Length 82 miles (some backtracking if driving the whole route in the same day)
Season Driavable Year Round