Monday, August 24, 2009

Red Canyon Overlook






These pictures are from a few years ago in the spring when my friend Brenda and I took a birthday walk and had lunch afterwards. Flaming Gorge Reservoir is famous for its fishing. You can put a raft in at the dam and float down to Little Hole in Dutch John. It's a fun ride without white water so it's safe for kids. It needs to be a hot day though for water fights which are common. We just admired the view that day from the overlook. Quite spectacular and only an hour's drive north!

Here's part of the blurb from the Red Canyon Lodge website:

"Halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonland National Parks, the lake, river and surrounding area in southern Wyoming and Northeastern Utah are designated National Recreation Areas. A rewarding stop along your tour of the natural wonders of the West, it provides the contrast in scenery for which the West is famous, from the rugged Uinta Mountains to the expansive Wyoming deserts. This spectacular combination serves as home to a variety of big-game animals, including moose, Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep.

Rich in Western lore, Flaming Gorge Country was home to mountain men, pioneers, outlaws and Native Americans. John C. Fremont and John Wesley Powell were early visitors during their scientific explorations of the West. In his 1869 journey down the Green River, Powell named many local landmarks: Flaming Gorge, Horseshoe Canyon, Red Canyon, the Gates of Lodore – names that attest to the dramatic scenery that still impresses visitors today. The legends of Butch Cassidy, Jim Bridger and Queen Anne Bassett were forged in this country. Historic Swett Ranch, Brown's Park, Fort Bridger, and the Oregon Trail all offer carefully preserved glimpses of the early days of the Western frontier.

When it comes to outdoor recreation, Flaming Gorge Country may have no equal. From an exciting raft trip to a leisurely scenic drive - the choices are endless. Boating, rafting and fishing are only some of the ways to enjoy our Flaming Gorge Country. Hiking, biking and camping reward visitors with an intimate encounter with the splendid backcountry."



There are other places in the world to admire too at My World Tuesday.

17 comments:

Sylvia K said...

It is indeed a gorgeous place and your photos are marvelous! I've been there and it was wonderful to re-visit! So much to see and do and enjoy!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow---you have showed us some gorgeous places, Loran, but this may be one of the prettiest yet. WOW---I'm almost speechless (which is rare). Thanks!
Hugs,
Betsy

Gaelyn said...

Wow, what beautiful country. Never visited but am putting on my list of must sees. Excellent captures.

J Bar said...

Stunning scenery.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Janie said...

Beautiful views! Flaming Gorge is a fun place to visit. We've rafted as well as hiked the trails from below the dam to Little Hole many times. Steve always enjoys the fishing, and I just love the walk.

Denise said...

Oh my, what amazing scenery, just breathtaking. Great post!

~Cheryl said...

Very, very beautiful! Thanks for including the interesting blurb!

Jama said...

What a breathtaking view! thanks for showing the beauty of your country.

Rajesh said...

Very informative. Exceptionally beautiful snaps of gorgeous place.

Indrani said...

Mesmerizing views! Hope I too will be able to visit some day.

Arija said...

Wonderful views, a great place to be.

Vicki ~ FL said...

Beautiful!!! Excellent photos.

Esther Garvi said...

I'm falling in love with canyons here!!! What a sight you share!! Of course I'll visit you if I get remotely close to your area!!! I wouldn't turn down your mountain backyard view for anything in the world!

Rita said...

Stunning photos. I think I will have to add Red Canyon to my "must visit" list!!

James said...

Majestic views!

Ayie said...

very nice set of photos!

George said...

These photos are simply gorgeous. You've managed to add some places to our 'need to visit' list!