Flaming Gorge is a reservoir that starts in the southwestern corner of Wyoming with the Green River at its northern tip spilling into the reservoir. The gorge ends just over the Utah border with the Uinta Mountains in Utah running along the southern part inside the Ashley National Forest.
There is a scenic drive that takes you from Rock Springs, Wyoming, on US 191, down around the southern part of the gorge and loops back up into Green River, Wyoming again.
It’s a great place for boats with several boat launch areas along the reservoir. Motorized boats are allowed. There are also many areas to camp, both campgrounds and dispersed camping.
It got its name from John Wesley Powell who was exploring the area in spring of 1869. When he and his men beheld the sight of the sun reflecting off of the red rock cliffs, he aptly gave it this name.
The eastern side of it in Wyoming is mostly scenic and you have to drive several miles on gravel roads to reach the water and dispersed camping sites. You want to make sure you go in with plenty of water and empty gray and black tanks as there isn’t any dump stations or potable water opportunities. There is one campground, Firehole Campground. This is the only campground on the eastern side in Wyoming that has a dump station and potable water. There are no hook-ups. It’s great for tents, slide-on truck campers, class B vans and very small campers under 20 ft. in length. Our camper is 24 ft. and we found one we were able to squeeze into, however, it left no room to park our truck. Each site accommodates 2 campers, so you want to be the kind that doesn’t mind neighbors. The camp host said they rarely ever see anyone doubled up. There is also a picnic table and fire ring at the sites. There is a place to launch your boat here. The camp has bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. It’s $20.00 per night and check with the camp host if there are any available discounts. It’s first come, first serve campground.
There are much more accommodations in Utah. The dispersed camping is always an option. There is a US Forestry Service campground at Antelope Flat. It is a quiet campground and doesn’t get full. It’s for the most part a first come, first serve, however, they will take reservations. You may camp in a reserved site providing you leave the day before the reservation date. It’s $18.00/night and ask about discounts as they do accept certain ones. There aren’t any hook-ups. There is a restroom with flush toilets, no showers. There is a dump station with potable water available. Whether you are a guest or not, it costs $6.00 to dump. Each site has a fire ring and picnic tables. Some have a cover over the tables and some do not. There is a tent area at each site as well. You can get a view of the water from just about anywhere in the campground. The campground is nearby a boat launch and you can access the water for a swim here or meander through the sagebrush to reach a spot on the shore. There is a parking lot just above the boat launch that has restroom facilities as well.
From my window in my camper I’ve been able to watch the boats cruise by. People were fishing and water skiing. It would seem the temperatures were hottest around mid-afternoon. After supper, we would go to the boat launch for an evening swim. This cooled us off and we stayed refreshed the remainder of the night. The temperatures drop down enough that with open windows, the camper cooled off perfectly for sleeping. There is usually a nice breeze.
About 4 ½ miles from the Antelope Flat campground is a gas station/convenience store in Dutch John. I noticed there is another RV park there. We didn’t stay there, so I cannot report, but it looked to be a decent park if you prefer this. If you go on-line, you will see there are many places to camp in the area that are easily accessible from the highway.
The closest store for groceries would be in Vernal, UT, which is about 40 miles from where we were at Antelope Flat.
It was quiet and the campground doesn’t get too busy, so if it’s solitude you like, this is a great option.