Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is one of Wyoming’s prized recreational gems tucked away in our Southwest corner. Water-activity enthusiasts, anglers, and outdoorsy types of all walks of life are drawn to the area’s expansive, glass-like waters offering countless opportunities for limitless fun and uninterrupted relaxation. Looking for an exciting getaway? Check out our list of these five adventures to have at Flaming Gorge.
1. Fishing along beautiful shorelines.
It’s true that Wyoming is a fisherman’s paradise, and Flaming Gorge’s 300 miles of shoreline live up perfectly to that accolade. Trout weighing in at over 20 pounds are not uncommon, and are often caught here at the Gorge. Anglers will also find a wide variety of fish species ranging from burbot, kokanee salman, trout and more in these waters. If you’re looking for a fishing report, or just some advice on what lures are working best that day, head over to the buckboard marina for friendly advice.
2. Boating & jet skiing across expansive waters.
The entire reservoir is 91 miles long, affording you, your companion, or the whole fam plenty of room to explore the seemingly endless shorelines and coves. You’ll cruise along amazing vistas basking in what is sure to be a clear sky with glittering sunshine adorning the expansive waters. Need a rental? Check out Lucerne Valley Marina or Buckboard Marina to get the perfect boat or jet ski for the day.
3. Camping under a clear night sky.
Camping in Flaming Gorge is most definitely a treat. The piece of mind from the serene landscapes and wide open skies paints the perfect backdrop for a much needed getaway. Bring an RV if you’re wanting a little more shelter, though a tent will afford you the perfect accommodations for a no-frills night under the stars. And speaking of stars, this area is one of the best to see them, particularly on those coveted clear Wyoming nights. Keep the rain fly off your tent so you can fall asleep under these beauts.
4. Horseback riding through breathtaking scenery.
Ah, horseback riding. Quite possibly one of the most authentic ways to experience Wyoming’s western land. Flaming Gorge covers hundreds of miles, so what better way to see it all than on the back of a horse? Take in the scenery while also unleashing the inner cowboy or cowgirl in you.
5. Hiking & biking to incredible vistas.
Sometimes a day of sitting in the sun relaxing to the tune of “reel, cast, reel, cast” or simply kicking back on the boat can leave you a little restless. Luckily, the Flaming Gorge area has several hikes varying in level of ability to pump air into your lungs and quench your desire for a little adventure… and dare we day exercise? A word of caution: The sights you behold at the summit will leave you wanting more.
While you’re here, be sure to set up your favorite lawn chair or lay out a blanket to drink in one of Flaming Gorge’s sunrises or sunsets. There needn’t be an agenda or activity associated with taking in the warmth of the sun, the rolling peaks of the surrounding landscapes of the Gorge’s shoreline, or the thought of knowing that all the stress of work, bills or whatever is plaguing your mind can be released in these quieted areas in and around Flaming Gorge.