The Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area is known for its outdoor activities. The reservoir is on the Green River in Utah a few miles from the Wyoming border. Fishing, boating, camping, and backpacking are all major attractions. For me, however, the Red Canyon with its colorful rock walls is a photographer’s dream.
Regular readers know of my penchant for creating panoramic views via Lightroom’s toolbox. You’ll find a few of them here and in my Flickr album. The majority of the images in this post were captured at the Red Canyon not too far from the Red Canyon (Flaming Gorge) Visitor Center.
For those who like to Google search information, note that there is another Red Canyon Visitor Center in Utah, near Bryce Canyon in the Dixie National Forest. The Red Canyon Visitor Center at Flaming Gorge is on the southern rim of the Red Canyon on the Green River. The view from the top of the 1631-foot (497 m) cliffs provides a commanding view of the Green River.
The national recreation area stretches into the southwest corner of Wyoming on the dam’s east side (downriver) side. We approached the area from Vernal Utah and at a Y in the road, you can head toward the reservoir’s western side and views shown above.
Or, veer to the east and stop at the visitor center at the dam. Continue on that road and in a few moments, you’ll be in Wyoming. In an upcoming post, stay tuned and follow us as we travel the scenic byway from Wyoming, through Manila and Dutch John, Utah, small communities near the reservoir, and then through the Uintas Mountains on our way to Green River, Wyoming.
There are over forty campgrounds and hundreds of group and individual campsites to choose from. There are even river camps for those who would like to travel the river for more than a single day. To view any of these images in 2K HD, click on it. Or click here to visit the album on my Flickr gallery where you will find a few extra images captured that day.
Again, a breathtaking place your photos do justice to.
Flaming Gorge is one of the most beautiful scenic places we’ve visited on our travels.
Amazing place John, thanks for taking me along 🙂
It is, indeed, Brian!
Wow, those are awe-inspiring views for sure, and so well suited to your panoramas!
And the place is aptly named, for sure!
This looks amazing John! Hopefully next spring and summer we can make our way East to visit these wonders. When I saw “vivid’ in your post’s title, I smiled because “vivid” is the theme for Sunday Stills next week 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to you, as well. We are in Albuquerque for the holiday with family.
Wow… beautiful landscape photos! Thank you for taking us there through your lens.
Thanks, Amy! It’s hard to take a bad photo there. 🙂
A vivid lesson indeed 😃
I was there once as a child but look forward to seeing it again. Wonderful photos, John.
Thanks, Janet! I’m sure it’s as beautiful as you remember it. 🙂
What a spectacular piece of land!
It just invites photographers to go crazy wondering where to point the camera!
Love the geology and the cloudscapes, John!
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