Flaming Gorge Rock Springs to Flaming Gorge Dam

Rock Springs, Wyoming 82902

Flaming Gorge Rock Springs to Flaming Gorge Dam

Flaming Gorge: Rock Springs to Flaming Gorge Dam Professional Review and Guide

"A 64-mile drive from Rock Springs to the massive Flaming Gorge dam and the scenic lake and canyons of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. This drive heads across the high desert country of southwestern Wyoming to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. It features a large lake created when a deep canyon of the Green River was dammed. Unless you like wide open spaces, the first part of the drive may be boring, but a dramatic, water-filled canyon greets those who persevere to the end. The drive starts a few miles west of Rock Springs, the largest town in western Wyoming.

The town got its start as a stage station, built here because of a spring of good water, a rarity in this dry section of the state. Special attractions: Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Flaming Gorge Dam, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, hiking, fishing, river rafting, boating, scenic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Flaming Gorge: Rock Springs to Flaming Gorge Dam Reviews

5
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon1 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
3/20/2009
I spent the afternoon driving down to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. I saw wild horses, elk, a bunch of mule deer, three golden eagles, some ducks, loads of antelope. I caught four rainbow trout. I stopped at historic Currant Creek Ranch for lunch. I continued down a dirt road that was well maintained and came out on 191 north of Spring Creek Ranch. I continued to the Dam, took the AMAZING tour of the dam, saw huge trout in the river below dam. I drove back north on highway 530 and up to Green River. My trip took about 6 hours but I did stop and fish. What a great trip. I have taken this trip numerous times, just love it. Sheep Creek Canyon Geologic tour is excellent for photos, there are about a dozen campgrounds around the lake and toward the Utah end of the lake has plenty of pine forests to see. There are elk and bear,and even a pack of escaped yellowstone wolves around the Dutch John area. The water is 480 feet deep at the dam, and the water is backed up about 95 miles to the town of Green River. There are half a dozen marina's on the lake. Summer has the whole lake busy but this time of year it's just the animals,nature, and me. I stayed at the Rock Springs KOA and it made a perfect basecamp for my adventure. They will change their name to Rock Springs RV park soon I am told. They have tent camping, and many options for RV's, from pop ups to the full blown motor coaches with pull through sites all over the place. They can be found by searching the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce site (google), or their own web site. Next time I go I will book a fossil fish dig at the Freeman fossil quarry at Currant Creek Ranch. I saw him digging and it looked pretty fun. There were deer right next to the quarry, and fishing was about 4 miles from there. Rock Springs has lots of places to stay or to eat as it has about 27.000 population estimated presently. I saw the dinosaurs at the college, that was pretty cool. Enjoy!
0
Comments

Flaming Gorge: Rock Springs to Flaming Gorge Dam Photos

Trail Information

Rock Springs
Nearby City
64
Distance
Summer and fall. The road is open all year, but weather can be cold and snowy in winter.
Season
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Ashley National Forest
Local Contacts

Activity Feed

Oct 2018