If you’re wanting to get away, you might want to consider heading northeast. Less than four hours away lies Flaming Gorge, filled with stunning scenery, lake fun and river running.
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Why Go Now
Temperatures reach 90 degrees in the summer and not as many activities are available in the winter. Once September hits, it starts to cool down, but boating, mountain biking and other activities are still options.
Where to Stay
From your cabin at Red Canyon Lodge, you’ll end each day on the porch spotting wildlife across the lake. Choose a duplex Ponderosa cabin if you’re with the fam or a cozy Alpine cabin if it’s just you and your honey. The lodge’s restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining with traditional country and fine dining options. 2450 W. Red Canyon Lodge, Dutch John, 435-889-3759. If you have an RV, park at the nearby Flaming Gorge Resort. 1100 E. Flaming Gorge Resort, Dutch John, 435-889-3773.
WHAT TO DO
Mountain bike haven
Surrounding Red Canyon is some of the best mountain biking terrain around, and the lodge rents bikes and provides free trail maps. The Red Canyon Rim is a 9.6-mile out-and-back ride with amazing views of the area, so bring a camera. If you’re not too tired, add the nearby Swett Ranch trail—a 5.8-mile loop the forest.
On the water, at the table
The Cedar Springs Marina in Dutch John is the best place to rent all types of boats and explore Lake Flaming Gorge. The marina also offers lake tours and has its own campgrounds. Flaming Gorge, after all, is best explored via raft, boat, canoe or water-ski. After boating, hit the Snag Bar & Grill, which floats on the lake, for a full bar and relaxed atmosphere. Call 435-889-3795 for more information.
The Red Canyon Lodge has private lake fishing, but if you’re a newbie, try Captain Kyle at Conquest Expeditions for guided trips on Flaming Gorge Reservoir—boat and equipment provided. Just bring your fishing license or get one at wildlife.utah.gov. Meet the captain at the Lucerne Valley Marina in Manila. Call 801-244-9948 for reservations.
STAY ANOTHER DAY
Flaming Gorge Dam
Head to the Flaming Gorge Dam visitor center to learn all about the dam, which is 502 feet high and impounds the Green River’s water to make Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Not as big as Hoover, but still darn impressive. Tours are free and run every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Flaming Gorge Dam Highway 191, Dutch John, 435-885-3135
The road back home
The drive from Flaming Gorge to SLC is only three and a half hours, so if you have time, extend it. Make a right when you get to the I-80 Business Loop for pulled pork at Goin’ South (29751 Business Loop I-80, Lyman, Wyo.). History buffs should head west to Fort Bridger State Museum and Historic Site to see mountain man Jim Bridger’s reconstructed trading post and other buildings from the 1800s. Or place your bets at Wyoming Downs horse racing track (10180 Highway 89 North Evanston, Wyo.)