Flaming Gorge - Uintas Scenic Byway
Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway US-191 from Vernal to the Wyoming border, and from the Junction of US-191/44 to Manila.
Designated as the state's first national forest scenic byway in 1988, this route known as "the drive through the ages" travels through the Ashley National Forest.
Running north from Vernal on US-191, this byway climbs through foothills and major geologic formations until it reaches the 1-billion-year-old exposed core of the Uintas near Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Signs along the byway explain the evolution of the geology in this unique area. Turn-outs and view areas allow visitors to explore the high desert and forested landscape, home to Utah's greatest variety of wildlife.
Thirty-five miles north of Vernal is the junction of US-191 and U-44. From this point, visitors may turn right on US-191 to access Flaming Gorge Dam and visitor center or continue north on U-44 to Manila. Four miles from this junction on U-44 is a turnoff to Red Canyon Overlook and visitor center, which provide stunning vistas of Flaming Gorge 91-mile lake famous for trophy trout fishing, as well as boating, camping and houseboating. Just below the dam, the Green River offers excellent float trips.
If the byway is traveled directly from Vernal to Manila with no stops, allow one hour and forty-five minutes to cover the 67 miles. Plan for extra time to accommodate photo stops and site trips.
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