It’s no secret that I prefer traveling off-season. After finding hordes of visitors during my recent visit to Goblin Valley State Park, it became apparent “off-season” in southern Utah had expired and it was time to move on. First stop, Flaming Gorge, a National Recreation Area straddling the Utah and Wyoming border. My exploration this trip was limited to the southwest corner of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Leaving Red Canyon, I traveled west along the southern side of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, stopping for views and mini hikes. At Moose Pond I didn’t find a moose, darn it! Still waiting to see my first moose in the wilderness.
I was pretty excited for my first sighting of pronghorn. According to National Geographic they are the second fastest land mammal in the world, after the cheetah, attaining speeds of over 53 miles per hour.
Date(s) Hiked: April 9-11, 2016
Road Trip Day(s) #51-53 out of 88
- The Red Canyon Visitor Center is closed during the winter. You can obtain maps and brochures in Vernal if your traveling from the south.
- Red Canyon Visitor Center
- Ashley National Forest
- USFS – Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
- Flaming Gorge – Uintas National Scenic Byway