Fodor's Expert Review Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
The Flaming Gorge Reservoir of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is formed by Green River water held back by Flaming Gorge Dam. Here you can boat and fish, as well as watch for wildlife. The area is as rich in history as it is spectacularly beautiful. Mountain men such as Jim Bridger and outlaws such as Butch Cassidy found haven here, and in 1869, on his first exploration down the Green River, John Wesley Powell named many local landmarks: Flaming Gorge, Horseshoe Canyon, Red Canyon, and the Gates of Lodore. The recreation area straddles the border between Wyoming and Utah; most of the park's visitor services are in Utah. There are marinas, campgrounds, places to rent horses and snowmobiles, and trails for mountain bikes, as well as lodging and food. The Ashley National Forest administers the area.