The Flaming Gorge is a reservoir and recreational area in southwestern Wyoming and northeastern Utah. The reservoir was created in 1964 when the federal government built the Flaming Gorge Dam. In 1869 Major John Wesley Powell was on an expedition through the Green River and as he passed thru this area he was stunned in awe at the magnificent and brilliant sight of how the sun hits the mountains and they appear to be on fire. This country land was then given the name Flaming Gorge for its natural beauty.
The reservoir begins in Wyoming just a few miles south of the city of Green River. From there it surges down to make a larger, more open reservoir right on the border of Wyoming and Utah. As you pass the border you see a small opening up ahead that seems just small enough for your boat to fit. Going through this next part of the Flaming Gorge it seems as if the walls just begin to surround you as you are encompassed in the high rising, bright red colored, mountainous cliffs that signify you have finally made it.
As you go further, turn by turn, you notice that the natural beauty of this reservoir was merely waiting for you to be inspired. The color, wildlife, and atmosphere of this area is beyond anything you have ever imagined. As you now see the true beauty of what true nature has to offer you see that the sun is setting and the opportunity to take any more will have to wait for the next day.