Larry & Marilyn's RV Travels Around the USA travel blog

Can You See The Face ?

Different Formations - Beautiful Colors & Shapes

Red Canyon - Their Mini Grand Canyon

No Words for the Beauty

One Flooded Canyon & the Flaming Rocks

A Local Resident

Spirit Lake - 10,000 feet and a little snow

More Views of the Formations

Carley Enjoying the Hike

Cool up at the Dam at 6,400 feet

We have just completed our stay here in Manila, Utah. Manila, a town of 303 is the only major town providing support for the area. Two gas stations, a restaurant, grocery store and post office are about it. During the summer mouths this area booms with boaters using the Flaming Gorge.

The Flaming Gorge is and very dramatic geological area. Driving through the area the rock structures are continuously changing through some 17 geological formations. This is classified as a Federal Recreational Area, and they have done an outstanding job of identifying the formations with road signs at transitions and what makes up the formation.

The state of Utah has developed a series of Scenic Byways through the area, which provide excellent access to the area. These byways have taken use to areas such as the Red Canyon, Sheep’s Creek National Geologic Area, and to Spirit Lake, a beautiful mountain lake at 10,000+ feet.

The major attraction in the area is Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This reservoir with more that 300 miles of shoreline and depths in excess of 500 feet was form with the construction of Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River. This dam and reservoir are part of the Colorado River Storage Project. It was completed in 1963 and helps control the water flow into the Green River and eventually the Colorado. One of the highlights is the Green River, which is rated one of the best in the world. In addition the reservoir hold several world and state records for Lake Trout, and Brown Trout. I did a few hours of fishing, but no luck, just a great experience.

We leave Monday for Dinosaur National Monument a short, but interesting 90 miles. It is an extension of some of the formations we have seen, and the largest concentration of dinosaur bones, etc. in the USA. More pictures, and stories to follow.

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