- Southwest Wyoming a hidden gem in the West, outdoor lover’s paradise -
Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism in southwest Wyoming today announced a three-day Flaming Gorge Country itinerary, just in time for summer vacation planning. Flaming Gorge Country checks all the boxes for outdoor travelers with its unprecedented beauty, few crowds, big fish and lots of trails. Centered on the massive Flaming Gorge Reservoir (which stretches across 42,000 acres on the Wyoming-Utah border), this rugged landscape continues to be one of the West’s great hidden gems. Whether travelers are passing through on the way to one of the West’s famed national parks, or making Sweetwater County the final destination, this itinerary is just the ticket.
Day 1: Rock Springs to Fire Hole Canyon
Rock Springs makes a great springboard for adventure. Travelers may choose to start their journey the Rock Springs Historical Museum to gain a sense of context about the area’s past. Heading west out of Rock Springs on I-80, then swinging south on U.S. Highway 191 offers an opportunity to see herds of antelope and other wildlife.
The entrance to the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is about 13 miles south of the interstate. Here, visitors can see the reservoir, complete with a boat ramp, Firehole Canyon Campground, and spectacular views of North and South Chimney Rocks. The sun casts golden light upon the buttes, and stargazing is simply spectacular!
Day 2: Fire Hole Canyon to Dutch John
The area is so beautiful it may be difficult for journeymen and women to tear themselves away. The Firehole Canyon section of Lake Flaming Gorge is scenic, and the boating and fishing opportunities can sustain many outdoorsy types for days on end. Dutch John is near the reservoir’s dam, where options for recreation are numerous, particularly for avid anglers. Within the deep waters of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, record-size lake and brown trout can be caught, and the stretch of water along the Green River downstream of the dam is legendary — both for its goliath-sized trout and its scenic beauty. Within the immediate vicinity of Dutch John, the recreation area offers 12 distinct campgrounds and an assortment of private lodges.
Day 3: Dutch John to Green River
For a final day in Lake Flaming Gorge Country, swing along the south end of the reservoir on State Highway 40. Be sure to stop at the Red Canyon Visitors Center to take in one of the area’s most breathtaking vantage points of the canyon and the shimmering lake below. Just beyond the town of Manilla and back into Wyoming, there’s the Sheepcreek Geological Loop, which features the Uinta Fault. The fault runs more than 100 miles along the north slope of the Uinta Mountains and is clearly visible in the extremely twisted rock layers along the upper part of the loop. Complete the trek in Green River, a lovely town on the banks of its namesake river, where there’s kayaking in the town’s whitewater park, or biking along the city’s greenbelt pathway.
To help guide you on your trip, download a map of the Flaming Gorge and surrounding areas. Sweetwater County also has a Discover Sweetwater County Mobile App to help travelers navigate and plan on-the-go. To learn more or book a trip visit www.tourwyoming.com.
About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, firstname.lastname@example.org Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, email@example.com