Flaming Gorge/Uintas Scenic BywayOverview

This byway offers visitors a variety of perspectives as they travel through the eastern section of the Uinta Mountain Range, Ashley National Forest, Flaming Gorge Recreation Area, and Vernal’s dinosaur destinations. Here visitors can experience one of the most scenic drives in the country – named “Flaming Gorge” for the landscape that it accurately depicts, enjoy the prime recreational opportunities that this area has to offer, see native wildlife in their natural habitats, and even gaze out over prehistoric, real dinosaur fossils – still entrenched in the ground as they were found.

82 miles / 132 km, Vernal to Wyoming border

Key Attractions

  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir – beautiful reservoir with towering cliffs, canyons, beaches – excellent fishing, boating, water sports, swimming, scuba diving, canoeing, etc. – the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area is a prime spot for camping, hiking, biking, river rafting, swimming, and more

  • Red Canyon Visitor Center & Nature Trail – information about the reservoir and area – trail leads to an overlook over Flaming Gorge’s scenic Red Canyon

  • Flaming Gorge Dam and Visitor Center – guided tours offered in the dam

  • Dinosaur National Monument & Quarry, Vernal, UT – one of the largest dinosaur quarries and collection of dinosaur fossils in the world, over 2,000 fossil bones are exposed in the ground, like they were found

  • Utah Field House of Natural History, Vernal UT – exhibits on the area’s animals, geology, paleontology, prehistory, and history – see an interactive garden area with 18 life-size replicas of prehistoric creatures

  • Several other water recreation areas – Steinaker State Park, Red Fleet State Park, and several smaller lakes and streams within Ashley National Forest

Location

  • 52 miles south of Rock Springs, WY; 168 miles east of Salt Lake City, UT; 330 miles west of Denver, CO

  • Located in the northeast corner of the state of Utah

  • Driving the byway:

    • Starting in Vernal, UT, drive north on US-191

    • At the junction of US-191 and SR-44/ Greendale Junction, the byway forks east and west

    • The east fork (right turn), will allow you to continue on US-191 until you reach the Utah-Wyoming border, where that arm of the byway ends

    • The west fork (left turn), will take you west and then north along SR-44 until you reach Manila, UT, where that arm of the byway ends

Other Information

  • View map

  • Web site

  • Gas, lodging, food, shopping, phones, and restrooms are located along the byway

  • Camping is available in several locations throughout Ashley National Forest - reservations can be made at recreation.gov

  • Biking the byway is possible, however alternate nearby trails and paths are recommended over the actual byway – always use caution when biking or walking along a busy or narrow highway
    (This site is funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.)