Top Five Ways to Spend Summer Days in “Flaming
Gorge Country” May 23, 2013

 Southwest Wyoming Serves up the Best of Flaming Gorge with Family, Budget-Friendly Activities

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County's backyard spans more than 10,500 square miles of rugged landscape and breathtaking scenery that includes the U.S. National Recreation Area of Flaming Gorge. Comprised of desert, national forest, mountains and a canyon-walled reservoir, Flaming Gorge Country fosters endless recreation opportunities from mild to wild, especially in summertime. For family-friendly fun that won't break the bank, do summer the Flaming Gorge way.

Drive it. There's nothing easier or more summer-appropriate than hopping in the car for a scenic road trip. Highways 191 and 530 encircling Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area are designated state scenic byways and stretch across high desert plains, mountains, forests and canyons. The Flaming Gorge-Green River Basin Scenic Byway is accessible from the towns of Green River and Rock Springs via Interstate 80. The 160-mile loop dips into Utah and takes just three hours.

Walk it. For a more intimate encounter with Flaming Gorge Country, hiking means discovery. The simple grandeur of this western wonderland encourages travelers to slow down and take it all in. The opposed geography, diverse vegetation and roaming wildlife – mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, elk, wild horses and more – inspire the outdoorsy, bookish and artistic alike. Diverse trails wind and loop throughout the area – some passable on bicycle – letting trekkers explore to their hearts' content. A full list of trails is available here.

Catch it. Known for some of the best cold-water fishing in the country, the Flaming Gorge Reservoir's record- worthy-fish – namely lake trout, rainbow trout and brown trout – beckon anglers of any level to drop a line. Other catches include Kokanee salmon, burbot, small mouth bass, and more. The Green River also lures anglers to fly fish their way to trophy trout in its world-renowned waters.

Float it. Boating is arguably the best way to explore Lake Flaming Gorge and its 91 square miles of smooth , cool waters. However, 350 miles of shoreline afford plenty of playground and water access. Three full-service marinas offer all types of boat rentals, mooring and fuel; other facilities around the reservoir maintain paved boat ramps, in addition to boat camping grounds. The northern portion of the Green River runs through the town named after it and gives access at several points for kayaks, canoes, tubes and rafts.

See it. Summer vacation calls for exploration, and Sweetwater County lets visitors experience Flaming Gorge Country through a variety of sights. Markers on the map such as the Killpecker Sand Dunes, Little Mountain big game haven, and White Mountain petroglyphs mark geographical, historical and scientific treasures. More structured attractions with educational opportunities include the historical site at Expedition Island, both the Rock Springs and Sweetwater Historical Museums, and the Western Wyoming Community College Natural History Museum that houses life-size dinosaur replicas.

For a full list of activities and attractions found in Flaming Gorge Country, visit www.tourwyoming.com. Check out the lodging and dining page to find accommodations in and around Sweetwater County, including the towns of Green River and Rock Springs.

About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as "Flaming Gorge Country" the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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