One of the great things about being on the road full-time is that you have no agenda. You can go where you want, when you want. With this in mind, we set our sights on somewhere we had never been. Although our near-term destination is Moab, Utah and the National Parks of southern Utah, there was one stop we wanted to make along the way…Flaming Gorge. This National Recreation Area is actually in two states, Wyoming and Utah, due to the fact that Flaming Gorge Reservoir is 90 miles long running north from Wyoming, south to Utah. We decided to see the Utah portion, described as the most scenic. Not having been here before, we did not know what to expect. Suffice it to say that we are now in our tenth day here and we are awe struck by the beauty of this area. And that’s saying something since we are here between Fall and Winter, probably the least colorful time of the year. But the weather has been spectacular. Clear blue skies every day with typical Fall temperatures…about 63 degrees during the day. Forest covered mountains as a back drop. Sometimes, words are not enough, So Here are a few pictures…
Imagine the Grand Canyon filled with water. Maybe not as big, or as deep as the Grand Canyon, but spectacular nonetheless. Your looking at 1700 feet straight down.
Just another view, but of a different canyon. This is Red Canyon. We were camped at Canyon Rim Campground for 6 days. This was our view. Boondocking at its finest.
Big horn sheep came into camp for a visit. There were a total of 16 of these magnificent animals, seven of which were rams. They ultimately decided to rest for awhile and all layed down within 50 feet of us for about 2 hours. Unbelievable. Click to enlarge.
After awhile, some of the rams wandered off for a meeting, leaving two rams to keep an eye on the females.
Our plan after six days of boondocking was to move down the road about 5 miles to Flaming Gorge Resort which includes Pine Forest RV Park. We were going to stay only one day to dump our tanks, fill up with water, gas up and fill our propane tank, all of which we did. But we hit it off with the camp hosts who offered that if we might help them rake leaves, we could stay as long as we like for free. With full hook-ups, wifi and a strong cellular signal, our decision was easy.
This was the view we had as we sat in our chairs outside our coach having our morning coffee. This RV park really IS a park-like setting, with 45 sites and some of the best facilities we have experienced. Deer camp out here everyday. And the price is right. 🙂
We just had to take this photo of a shed outside the Red Canyon Lodge which was down the road from our boondocking spot at Canyon Rim Campground.
The vistas in the high country above Flaming Gorge are just spectacular. Originally thinking we were a bit late in the year to be here, we felt truly blessed to see the beauty here, knowing that it gets even better at other times of the year.
This tree is not at Flaming Gorge. It actually was against a wall in the McDonald’s parking lot in Vernal, Utah, about 35 miles south of Flaming Gorge. We made a quick trip to Vernal one day to re-supply at the local Walmart. Since we were late in capturing fall color in the high country above Flaming Gorge, I couldn’t resist grabbing this “color” at McDonalds.