(nr McKinnon WY)
I chose to visit Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area from the west side. Heading south on WY-530, which follows the lake, I hoped for good views.
Buckboard Crossing was my first glimpse of the reservoir, at the far north end, and still in Wyoming. It had a campground and a boat launch, but that was all.
The first day was spent at Lucerne Valley with decent views of cliffs, the lake, and mountains beyond. There were two nice campgrounds there on the water. But, I found a boondock spot up high overlooking the scene.
While driving around on the forest roads, a herd of pronghorn antelope was found grazing on the hillside. It was nice of them to pose for photos.
(nr Manila UT)
I entered Utah the next day and explored the Sheep Creek Canyon area. Hiked the Nature Trail by the creek, which was short but not very interesting. The photo is from up the road, not on the trail.
Drove the Sheep Creek Canyon Geological Loop Road, which was breathtaking. The cliffs were gigantic with different types of rock, each with a name. Not sure I got them all recorded correctly, but they identify the geology.
It was so impressive, a separate post on Sheep Creek Canyon will be needed to share the views. There was a nice small campground as you enter the canyon at the base of the Navajo Cliffs. I would have camped there, but it was still too early in the day.
Further down UT-44 was Sheep Creek Bay; mainly a fishing area with boat ramp. Appeared to be a popular launch because there were lots of parking spots.
Then, I found a boondocking camp on the other end of the Geo Loop. There were lots of well marked dispersed sites, with a 16 day limit, mostly amongst aspen trees. But, I spent just one night, as it began raining and continued through the night and into the next day.
(nr Dutch John UT)
Still raining into the next evening, I went to the Red Canyon Lodge for dinner and decided to stay in a campground near the rim. That put me close to the Visitor Center and the Rim Trail for the following morning.
Several good shoots of Red Canyon, and then down the road a piece to the Greendale Overlook. A final view of Flaming Gorge with the Swett Ranch below.
(nr Vernal UT)
After leaving Flaming Gorge NRA, I boondocked in the Ashley NF for a few days to get through the Labor Day weekend.
I had a very enjoyable time exploring the canyons and forest around Flaming Gorge. The next time through, I will see the east side of the gorge.
Camps: Boondock – Ashley NF, Flaming Gorge NRA-Red Canyon CG
Scene: River, creek, lake, gorge, cliffs, animals