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Because it mixes high-desert vegetation—blooming sage, rabbit brush, cactus, and wildflowers—and red-rock terrain with a cool climate, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is an ideal destination for road and trail biking. The 3-mi round-trip Bear Canyon–Bootleg ride begins south of the dam off U.S. 191 at the Firefighters' Memorial Campground, and runs west to an overview of the reservoir. For the intermediate rider, Dowd Mountain Hideout offers a 10-mi ride with spectacular views of Flaming Gorge through forested single-track trail, leaving from Dowd Springs Picnic Area off Route 44. A free brochure, "Flaming Gorge Trails," describes these and other cycling routes. The brochure is distributed at area visitor centers or online at www.dinoland.com/hikebike.html. Several local lodges rent bikes.