Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Sunday, Aug. 24th, we left the AB Campground RV Park in Cheyenne, WY, and headed toward Rock Springs, WY. We arrived early in the afternoon at the KOA Campground and decided to do some sight seeing in the area. We were told that The Flaming Gorge Recreational Area, “fishing hot spot” of America, comprises 201,000 acres of scenic land, was a must see near Rock Springs. So we drove to Green River to start the Loop Road, 160 miles, on HWY 530 and drove south through desert scenery for along way, and we could see the reservoir in the distance. Then we took the Sheep Creek Canyon Geological Area following the Sheep Creek into the mountains east of Flaming Gorge Reservoir. We followed the visually dramatic Uinta Fault with unique rock formations, including towering monoliths next to the road.

As we were about to leave this road we spotted a mother moose and calf sauntering along beside the road. This moose sighting made the long drive worth while. Back on the Loop Road we finally came to the Flaming Gorge Dam, a concrete thin-arch dam on the Green River, a major tributary of the Colorado River. It towers 502 feet above the Green River and completed in 1964, built to provide water storage and hydroelectricity power. We took photos from the overlook and then began the long Loop Road drive back to the KOA in Rock Springs.