Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center

Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center

The Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center is owned by Reclamation and operated through Intermountain Natural History Association. Information about the dam and the surrounding area is provided for free and more!

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Vernal, UT, September 14, 2021 … Ashley National Forest fire management personnel plan to conduct prescribed burns on the Flaming Gorge Ranger District between October and December 2021, dependent on favorable weather and fuel conditions.

Currently there are numerous fires across the Western United States and resources are stretched thin.

The Ashley National Forest will NOT implement any burns until the following conditions are met.
1. National fire activity has decreased.

2. Adequate resources are available to staff the burn and stand by for contingency needs.

3. Fuel and weather conditions have moved out of critical conditions.
The prescribed burning will take place in the "D1 Ponderosa Pine Maintenance and Fuels Reduction Project and North Flank" areas. Burn units 15A, 15B, 13, 6, 12B, 12C, 5A, 5C, 7, 1, and North Flank units are being considered for burning this fall and would total approximately 3,393 acres. Several potential burn units lie directly adjacent to State Highway 44 and Highway 191. See attached map for burn unit locations.

Objectives for the prescribed burning include maintaining or improving the health of ponderosa pine stands; reducing fuel loading and decreasing the potential for larger wildfires in the future; and maintaining or improving sagebrush, browse, and forage species to benefit wildlife.

Prescribed fires only occur when a specific set of conditions are met. These conditions include air, vegetation moisture levels, temperatures, wind directions and speeds, smoke dispersal, and expected fire behavior.

Fire personnel will ignite the fires using a helicopter and/or hand lighting. Engines, hotshots, and/or hand crews will monitor the fire until it is completely extinguished. Smoke may be visible. Prescribed burning is expected to cause minimal impacts to areas or activities outside of the burn units themselves.
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Wildfires, smoke s***f out outdoor adventures across US 09/10/2021

Wildfires, smoke s***f out outdoor adventures across US

Wildfires, smoke s***f out outdoor adventures across US Wildfires burning in the U.S. this summer have upended plans for countless outdoor adventures

Timeline Photos 09/08/2021

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Wondering why it looks like there are two trails right next to each other?

What is happening on the left is called trail braiding, and it happens when people stray away from the main trail and create their own due to trail conditions, obstacles, etc. Over time, as shown in this photo, that new trail becomes more distinct and may confuse others. This also causes erosion and kills vegetation, so its best to stick on the main trail! Have you seen this happening on any trails you've been on recently? 🥾👣

📍Native land of the Salish, Kootenai, and Kalispel

Image Description: User-created trail right next to main trail

Timeline Photos 09/03/2021

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#DidYouKnow if you eat fruits, vegetables, or nuts, there's a good chance they were grown with irrigation water supplied by Reclamation? 🍎🥦🥜

Timeline Photos 09/01/2021

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We can't get over this amazing sign spotted at the Greenville @REI

The 7 Principles are the base of all our education, but they are really just the start for how we can protect our planet. When did you first learn or hear about the 7 principles of Leave No Trace?

📍Land of the Catawba & Cherokee

Timeline Photos 09/01/2021

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Just announced: Reclamation awards $5.5 million to 82 water improvement projects in 16 western states. These grants will help local communities make water efficiency improvements such as installing flow measurement, automating a water delivery system, or lining a canal section to reduce seepage.

"Through a relatively small investment, Reclamation can support western communities with grant funding to improve water conservation and reliability," said Chief Engineer David Raff.


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Don’t forget your raincoat or rain boots if venturing out to one of your national forests and grasslands. Severe weather often leads to seasonal closures. The weather can unpredictable; always play it safe.

🏔️ Stay alert for signs of heavy rain, thunder, lightning and rising water levels while on public lands.

🏔️ Get to higher ground before flooding happens.

🏔️ Turn Around Don't Drown. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into floodwaters.

📷 Courtesy Ed Lowe/Share the Experience, U.S. Forest Service - White Mountain National Forest.

Timeline Photos 08/30/2021

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Check out what the Flaming Gorge Resort property looked like in 1959 before the Collett's bought it in 1971! #flaminggorgeresorthistory #flaminggorgehistory #fgresorthistory #flaminggorgeresort50years #fgresort50years

Timeline Photos 08/26/2021

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What a difference! We got this picture from the Utah State Historical Society of the Flaming Gorge Dam site photographed by Stan Rasmussen for the United States Bureau of Reclamation in June 1957. It's so hard to imagine this Flaming Gorge Country before the Dam was built. #flaminggorgehistory #flaminggorgeresorthistory #fgrsorthistory #flaminggorgeresort50years

Photos from Dinosaur National Monument's post 08/25/2021

Photos from Dinosaur National Monument's post

Smokey Bear Campfire Safety Steps 08/25/2021

Smokey Bear Campfire Safety Steps

Smokey Bear Campfire Safety Steps Smokey Bear spreads the message that "Only you can prevent wildfires", follow these important safety steps next time you have a campfire. Video by Charity Pa...

Photos from U.S. Forest Service's post 08/24/2021

Photos from U.S. Forest Service's post


Happy National Hydropower Day!

Photos from Leave No Trace's post 08/24/2021

Photos from Leave No Trace's post

Navajo Nation Welcomes Tourists Back to Historical Parks and Monuments — What to Know Before You Visit 08/20/2021

Navajo Nation Welcomes Tourists Back to Historical Parks and Monuments — What to Know Before You Visit

Navajo Nation Welcomes Tourists Back to Historical Parks and Monuments — What to Know Before You Visit The Navajo Nation is reopening parks and businesses on a phased basis, welcoming visitors back to the community's monuments, casinos, and unique attractions.

Timeline Photos 08/19/2021

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U.S. Forest Service Human Resources Management partnered with Forest Service #JobCorps Civilian Conservation Centers to create resources to streamline the hiring process for Job Corps students & graduates.

Job Corps helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school educations, train for meaningful careers and obtain employment. https://www.fs.usda.gov/inside-fs/delivering-mission/excel/forest-service-job-corps-partner-streamline-student-hiring

📷 Sidney Lilienthal/USDA Forest Service, Wolf Creek Job Corps student.

Timeline Photos 08/19/2021

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#ICYMI: During a press conference Monday, Upper Colorado Basin Regional Director Wayne Pullan underscored the importance of the August 24-Month Study and our work ahead with all partners in the basin and in Mexico:

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we have a strong history of working together to protect the Colorado River Basin and the people and the natural environment which depend on it.” http://ow.ly/5jDL50FTAtk

📸 credit: T Ross Reeve


🚧⛈ Weather Update for today, 8/18/21:
NOAA has issued a flash flood watch for the areas in and around Dinosaur National Monument. The flood watch will be in effect from about noon today (8/18) through Thursday night (8/19). Visitors should expect thunderstorms with lots of rain and dress accordingly. Use caution when driving. Remember that all unpaved roads in the monument may become impassable when wet, particularly the Island Park, Echo Park, and Yampa Bench Roads. The Visitor Centers and Quarry Exhibit Hall are still open.

Image: A screenshot from NOAA showing heavy rain and flash flood warning from midday today through Thursday night. 40-70% chance heavy rain today. 80% chance tonight and Thursday. 30% chance Thursday night and Friday morning. Credit: NOAA

Timeline Photos 08/17/2021

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It’s Wildlife Week at Leave No Trace yet you can take action to protect wildlife all year long. Respect Wildlife is Leave No Trace’s Sixth Principle, and we’ve invested significant research on the subject for good reason! Wildlife face major threats, whether at risk due to wildfire, food habituation—like those pesky squirrels that get a little too comfortable stealing your picnic—or when we are space invaders with animals like bison to snap selfies. This week Leave No Trace is providing you with new information, tips and tricks based on our state-of-the art research to ensure you have the tools you need to be bear—or just chipmunk—aware!

Every year, millions of people visit parks and protected areas to view wildlife and in July 2021, Leave No Trace conducted new research in Grand Teton National Park. Human-wildlife conflicts typically occur when people approach animals at inappropriately close distances. To find out why we put up this giant cardboard bison in Grand Teton National Park, ways you can protect wildlife and more, head to our blog!

Special thanks to BearVault for sponsoring Wildlife Week 2021

Ancestral land of the Shoshone-Bannock, Eastern Shoshone and Cheyenne tribes.


Newsroom | Bureau of Reclamation

Newsroom | Bureau of Reclamation Bureau of Reclamation


Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Ashley National Forest Treat the East Fork of Carter Creek to Restore Native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is in the process of a native cutthroat trout restoration project using the piscicide rotenone within the Carter and Sheep Creek drainages. This treatment will run August 17-18, 2021 in the East Fork of Carter Creek.

The closure is necessary to allow ground crews to work safely in and around the aforementioned waters without harm or injury to the public. All use of the water (wading, fishing, swimming, etc.) within the project area will be prohibited. This rotenone treatment is to rid all species of fish in those streams, ponds and tributaries to restore native Colorado River cutthroat trout.

1. This Order will be in effect beginning August 17, 2021 and shall remain in effect until August 18, 2021 or until rescinded whichever occurs first.

This closure limits access within 20 feet of the following waters: East Fork Carter Creek, as well as the associated unnamed tributaries of this creek. The Sheep Creek Irrigation Canal upstream of FS road 221 to confluence of the creek and the canal. The legal description for these waters is as follows: Township 1 North, Range 18 East and Range 19 East, sections; 2,3,11,13,14, 24, and 26 (Salt Lake City Baseline and Meridian). The above described area is within the proclaimed and administrative boundaries of the Ashley National Forest, within Daggett County, State of Utah. (See map)

Timeline Photos 08/16/2021

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Before the Dam could be built, they had to provide a place for workers to live and administrators to have offices. In Dutch John they built houses, mobile home spaces, elementary school, hospital, barracks and mess tent, administration building, store, hair salon, post office, grocery store, and station. Now, it was time to build the Dam. #flaminggorgehistory #flaminggorgeresort50years #flaminggorgeresorthistory #fgrhistory

Hotspot: Flaming Gorge, Utah | Such a Fine Sight to See 08/16/2021

Hotspot: Flaming Gorge, Utah | Such a Fine Sight to See

Hotspot: Flaming Gorge, Utah | Such a Fine Sight to See I’m not sure if I’d ever heard of Flaming Gorge before spending several days there in late June. My husband, Ron, and I were on a three-week camping trip and


#NationalFireNews: Wildland fire manager are prepared for critical fire weather conditions today and tomorrow. Nationally, 97 large fires and complexes have burned 2,147,446 acres. More than 25,000 wildland firefighters, support personnel, and incident management teams are assigned to incidents. In addition, six military C-130s equipped with MAFFS units and a very large airtanker from New South Wales, Australia, continue to support our firefighting efforts.

Yesterday, most of the large fires in the Northwest, Northern California and Northern Rockies were active. A new large fire was reported in northern Minnesota, while the wildfires just across the border in Ontario, Canada, were very active. Lightning continued over the parts of the Great Basin, Colorado, Wyoming, and the Southwest. Isolated dry thunderstorms have developed in northeast Oregon into Idaho this morning. #FireYear2021

Above normal significant fire potential is forecast to continue through September for much of the Northwest, Northern Rockies, and northern portions of the Great Basin and Rocky Mountain Geographic Areas. Stay informed on current and expected weather conditions and fuels and fire danger advisories by visiting Predictive Services at the National Interagency Coordination Center. --> https://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/predictive.htm

A wildland firefighter with the Sierra Front Regulars cuts a hazardous tree in the Indian Creek Campground during the Tamarack Fire, U.S. Forest Service-Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Photo by Marc Sanchez, BLM


Sheep Creek Bay Road, Parking Lot, Campground and Boat Ramp Closure

FSR #92 the Sheep Creek Bay Road, boat ramp, parking lot, and campground will close on August 23, 2021 through the end of September.

The closure is necessary to reconstruct the road and parking lot.

The Forest Service has contracted with Mecham Brothers out of Ogden, Utah to rotomill the existing road, place additional road base, replace culverts, and pave the road and parking area.

The Sheep Creek Bay Road and Boat Ramp will be closed to allow the contractor to do the work and prevent damage to public vehicles and boats.

Forest visitors are encouraged to use Lucerne, Cedar Springs, or other boat ramps to access Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Timeline Photos 08/11/2021

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The Bureau of Land Management - Utah has created a storymap on how a proactive fuels treatment slowed fire spread and gave resources time to fight the Bear Fire.

The lightning caused #BearFire started on June 8, 2021, in Bear Canyon and quickly spread through Crandell Canyon to Price Canyon and the Price Canyon Recreation Area. While the Price Canyon Fuels Treatment Project did not stop the spread of the Bear Fire, it did demonstrate the resilience of the site resulting out of previous fuels treatments.

For full details on the fuels treatment, the Bear Fire, and what to expect in the future for this area, view the full storymap at: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/f532de77a3594be6bf57a9efc11ca79b.

Timeline Photos 08/11/2021

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Today, we observe the birthday of our first Chief, Gifford Pinchot, who served from 1905-1910.

Pinchot was known as the father of American conservation. His vision of public lands became the foundation of our agency—allowing forests to be managed for recreation, scientific discovery and much, much more.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/greytowers/aboutgreytowers/history/?cid=stelprd3824502 #GreatestGood

Timeline Photos 08/09/2021

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Happy Birthday, Smokey! You look amazing for 77 years old! Let’s make Smokey proud and all say together, “Only YOU can prevent wildfires.”


It’s Smokey Bear’s 77th birthday!

We all love campfires while camping. In honor of #HappyBirthdaySmokey, please remember, if you leave your campsite for any reason, make sure your campfire is completely out! Douse the fire with at least one bucket of water, stir it, then add another bucket of water and stir it again. Your campfire should be cold to the touch before you leave your campsite. #WildfirePrevention #OnlyYou

Image courtesy of smokeybear.com


Boaters in campsites along the Green River may find one of these mountain lion warning signs posted at their river camp. If you happen to see a mountain lion, or signs of mountain lion activity, while you are exploring the monument, we’d like to know! Report your observations to camp hosts or park staff at the visitor centers.

Dinosaur National Monument is home to a healthy mountain lion population, but they are not often seen, especially in the areas with most visitors. Recent sightings have been by boaters on the Green River at Pot Creek river campsite and in the Island Park area (near Big Island, The Cove, Island Park river campsites).

Image Description of an orange poster with a line drawing of a mountain lion and the following text: WARNING Mountain Lions have been recently reported in this area.

-Do not run. Stand, face it, appear large, wave arms or jacket.
-Pick up small children without crouching or turning your back.
-Shout loudly, but do not scream.
-Back away slowly, to create distance.
-Maintain eye contact.

-Throw things and fight back.
-Convince it you are not prey and may be a danger.

Please report all mountain lion sightings to the nearest park ranger, or call the Quarry Visitor Center (435) 781-7700 or Monument Headquarters (970) 374-3000

Leave your name and phone number with date, time, and place the lion was seen.

#findyourpark #encuentratuparque #mountainlion #wildlife





5995 Flaming Gorge Visitor Center
Dutch John, UT

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm