The first great stop in our 2016 trip.
After travelling 2500 miles (Florida to Wyoming) using Interstate and State Highways, our first tourist stop was the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area.
We stopped this spot years earlier & we wanted to return and explore this area spanning Wyoming & Utah.
Flaming Gorge was home to many mountain people, pioneers and Native Americans. John Fremont & John Wesly Powell were early visitors duirng their scientific explorations of the West. Powell named many of the landmarks as he floated down the Green River: Flaming Gorge, Horseshoe Canyon, Red Canyon, the Gates of Lodore. Legends of Butch Cassidy abound. The Oregon trail swept through parts of the area; Fort Bridger was located here.
While we spent only an afternoon in this area, we enjoyed getting lost over back dirt roads – wandering over rutted dirt tracks and returned to a two-laned blacktop road.
And here we are! greeted by four-legged high speed beef.
Major John Wesley Powell begin his coyage down the Green River in 1869 – to map one of the last uncharted regions in the United States.
Butch Cassidy spent time here between bank jobs – Supposedly Butch was able to elude the law since he knew the area so well – and knew the early residents.
Please note the salt and pepper shakers found by an earlier visitor (see pic above) assuming they did mot belong to Butch Cassidy (bottom right)…
and left for the original owners to retrieve.
We hope to return to the area, perhaps to take advantage of the great campgrounds available – some sites pictured below. We stayed at the Rock Springs KOA; level, dusty, close to the interstate which was fine for our desire to be close to the Interstae for this quick stop. But lacking the high desert adventure & beauty of Flaming Gorge.
The campsites, offer no hookups, and some (not all) could accomodate a 40′ motorhome. We are flad we returned for a visit to this beautiful area.