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!

Operating as usual


Screen-Free Week is May 2-8, 2022!
While excessive screen time for children increases stress and anxiety, outdoor play can reduce it.

Put down your electronic items and go outside to play. Relieve your stress and anxiety by being screen free for this week.


The Flaming Gorge Ranger District has opened the following gates for access into the Uintas:

Forest Road 093 - Death Valley
Forest Road 218 - Sheep Creek Geological Loop
Forest Road 221 - only open for access into Browne Lake

Roads to Long Park Reservoir, Spirit Lake, Deep Creek, and Dowd Mountain are CLOSED.

The Sheep Creek Geological Loop is open for access on the TOP side. The lower portion is closed from the Carmel Campground to Palisade Memorial Park for Road construction, which is ongoing Monday to Friday 8 AM to 5:30 PM. Please be aware that there are NO turnarounds at the bottom of the loop near Palisade Memorial Park.

Some snow and mud conditions are still present, please exercise caution and use your best judgment when entering those areas.

As always remember, PACK IT - IN, PACK IT - OUT and LEAVE NO TRACE! Help us keep the wilderness wild and happy recreating!

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

In gratitude for their service, free annual passes are available for all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

Photo by U.S. Army / Spc. Jarod Dye


You're travelling around America and the Territories, trying to visit all 424 National Park Service sites. You're carrying the Passport booklet (that you bought at the park bookstore) to the National Parks and taking great care to stamp cleanly and in an orderly fashion. Suddenly, your Passport booklet is missing! Did you leave it at Dinosaur National Monument? Did you set it down on a bench at Yosemite, Everglades, or Harry Truman? All those stamps from all those parks- gone!

If you remembered to put your phone number or your email address inside the front cover, there is a good chance that you'll get it back. Park rangers need more than just your name to find you!

As a reminder, please please please write you cell phone number or your email address inside the front cover of your book! There's no need for your name or any other information. If we have your phone number or your email address we can send your Passport booklet to you.

#NPSPassport #LostAndFound #HappyStamper #RoadTrip #PassportStamps #NPSWeek #PlanLikeAParkRanger

Photos from Dinosaur National Monument's post

Photos from Dinosaur National Monument's post


Opening Day Today! The Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center is now open daily until October 15th. 9AM-4PM until Memorial Day and then 9-5. Come see us and spread the word! Look for the Red Canyon Visitor Center to open in May closer to Memorial Day!



Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career? The Ashley National Forest will be filling ELEVEN Recreation positions. These positions include SIX permanent, full-time positions and FIVE permanent seasonal (26 week/year) positions. Positions will be filled at four possible duty locations including Vernal, Duchesne, Manila and Dutch John, UT.

Pay varies by position – between $17.31 and $34.09/hour.

NOTE: These positions will be posted on on April 6th, and will be open until April 19th, 2022, note that the positions may close early once the number of submitted applications reach an identified threshold. Submit applications early!

Positions are shown below. Visit for full details about the positions and how to apply!

Permanent Full Time
• Wilderness/Trails Manager – Duchesne
• Recreation Specialist – Manila or Dutch John
• River Manager – Manila or Dutch John
• Recreation Technician (2 positions) – Manila or Dutch John
• Off-highway vehicle (OHV)/Dispersed Recreation Manager - Vernal

Permanent Seasonal
• Trail Crew Leader – Duchesne
• Wilderness Ranger Leader – Duchesne
• Developed Recreation Leader – Duchesne
• Trail Crew Leader – Vernal
• Developed Recreation Leader - Vernal

Photos from Dinosaur National Monument's post

Photos from Dinosaur National Monument's post

Photos from Utah Department of Natural Resources's post

Photos from Utah Department of Natural Resources's post


Who is gearing up for the Jackelope hunt on April 31st?! Tags go on sale today! Stop by our Fly Shop to pick up yours!


Identifying BIG footprints? Check. Best place to watch boulders? Done. How to save face around reptiles? Gotcha covered.

One app, every park at your fingertips. The NPS App is the official app for the National Park Service with tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide. Find interactive maps, tours of park places, selfie tips, which parks have unicorns, and much more to plan your national park adventures before and during your trip.

The free app is currently available for iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the real app at:

*Some features displayed not yet available.

Image: Ranger holds up mobile device displaying open NPS App.

Photos from Ashley National Forest's post

Photos from Ashley National Forest's post


Did you know that Dinosaur National Monument is an International Dark Sky Park?
Since there are no large cities near the monument, you can see the Milky Way on a clear night from almost anywhere here, even visitor center parking lots! Find a dark night sky near you:

Image: Photo courtesy of Louis Kamler. Description - The majestic Milky Way glows over Split Mountain from Rainbow Park. #Utah #milkyway #darksky #usinterior #astrophotography #OptOutside

Here is a purely hypothetical question for all of you. This poll is just for fun and to satisfy our curiosity about folk...

Here is a purely hypothetical question for all of you. This poll is just for fun and to satisfy our curiosity about folks' reactions to it. It is unofficial. It is not a vote. It has no bearing on any past, present, or future operations, policies, or decisions. We plan to leave the poll up for 30 days and see what happens! We, however, reserve the right to take it down at any time without warning or cause. Have fun!

Click the image to voice your opinion!

Hi folks! The Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center is scheduled to open on Friday, April 15th, 2022 - 9 AM to 4 PM until Mem...

Hi folks! The Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center is scheduled to open on Friday, April 15th, 2022 - 9 AM to 4 PM until Memorial Day weekend when the hours will change to 9 AM to 5 PM. We can't wait to see you there!

There will be no tours inside the dam but the pedestrian walkway will be open for self-guided tours through the Visitor Center. Pedestrians are not permitted on the dam beside the road.


At its deepest point, Flaming Gorge is 436', meaning the entire Wells Fargo Center could fit under the water and still have 14' to spare! Also, that water looks COLD!!! 🥶

📍: Flaming Gorge, Utah
📸: Brad Hardman, via

Photos from Ashley National Forest's post

Photos from Ashley National Forest's post

Photos from U.S. Forest Service's post

Photos from U.S. Forest Service's post


Tune into USU & You at 9:00 am on

We always have a lot of fun each Thursday morning.

Today's show is with Dan Johnson and Emily Spencer from the Dinosaur National Monument.


Flaming Gorge Has a Temporary New District Ranger

Marshall Alford will be working as the District Ranger for the Flaming Gorge Ranger District for the next four months while the district seeks to permanently fill the position. Marshall is following behind Curt Booher, the previous district ranger, who recently accepted another position in Oregon.

Marshall comes from the Salt Lake Ranger District on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest as the district recreation staff officer. He began working on Forest Service trails in high school and received his degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University. Since then, he has worked for the Forest Service in North Carolina, New Mexico, Alaska, and most recently Salt Lake.

Outside of work, Marshall enjoys backpacking, pack rafting, climbing, skiing, and fishing, but his personal favorite is packing horses in the mountains while hunting elk in the fall.

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

We’re hiring students and recent graduates into rangeland management and other natural resources positions! Apply on Feb. 18-28 or visit for details.

📷 Charity Parks/USDA Forest Service.


🦖🦕⛏ You already know that you can't dig in the monument, and that you can't dig for vertebrate fossils on public land. But check out the digs provided by the Museums of Western Colorado for a real paleontologist experience!

#RecreateResponsibly #KnowBeforeYouGo #PaleoFun #museumofwesterncolorado

image description: people of all ages digging up dinosaur fossils/ image credit Museums of Western Colorado


The Flaming Gorge District Ranger Office will temporarily be closed until February 8 due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases within the district. While the office itself is closed, information and services are still available as employees will be working remotely during this time. For general information or to speak with a Forest Service representative, you can call the district at 435-784-3445.

Information and maps are also available in the kiosk outside of the building. Additionally, recreation passes can be purchased at the following “local” vendors:

• Rock Springs: Kelly’s Convenience Gas Stores (9th St., Sunset, and Yellowstone); Mr. Al’s Sinclair; Ace Hardware; and the Chamber of Commerce

• Green River: Ace Hardware; Maverik; Wyoming Embroidery; Buckboard Marina; and the Chamber of Commerce

• Mountain View: Maverik

• Manila, UT: Flaming Gorge Market; Lucerne Marina

• Dutch John, UT: Flaming Gorge Resort; Cedar Springs Marina; Dutch John Resort; Trout Creek Flies; Flaming Gorge Dam Visitors’ Center; Red Canyon Lodge; Western Rivers

• Vernal, UT: ANF Supervisor’s Office – both NRA and the Interagency Passes

The closure is in accordance with CDC protocols and to assist in preventing additional spread of the virus.

Additional information regarding the Ashley National Forest can be found on the forest webpage at


Meet Chicken Creek Charlie, whose given name is Rock Chuck. He's a western cousin of Punxsutawney Phil and General Beauregard Lee. It's not likely he'll see his shadow on #GroundhogDay because he's fast asleep in his burrow buried beneath two feet of snow. Most years, Chuck doesn't venture above ground until late April or Early May. If he sees his shadow then, odds are it'll snow in southwestern Wyoming on the 4th of July. NPS/FOBU photo of a yellow-bellied marmot


If you want to try “shed hunting” — collecting antlers that fall off the heads of deer, elk and moose each winter — you must take a free ethics course before going Feb. 1 - April 15. 🦌📚 Learn how you can enjoy this family-friendly, wildlife activity without stressing the animals or damaging their habitat:


The Ashley National Forest will be burning piles in the Alma Taylor area within the next few months. The material is residual debris on landing sites from logging activities completed last summer. The logging operations are part of a broader effort to improve Forest health through reduction of fuels and tree stand thinning.

There are approximately 60 acres with piles that will take two to four days for completion. The timeframes of burning will be dependent upon access, snow amounts and clearing index (how quickly the smoke is dispersed).

Photos from Fossil Butte National Monument's post

Photos from Fossil Butte National Monument's post


GREEN & YAMPA RIVER PERMITS REMINDER: private trip permit applications to float the Green and Yampa Rivers through Dinosaur National Monument are due by 11:59 pm Mountain Time on January 31, 2022!

Head over to @recreation_gov or go straight to the website for more information on submitting your permit application.

#GreenRiver #YampaRiver #Adventure #Rafting #WhiteWater #Kayaking #Colorado #Utah #RecreateResponsibly #KnowBeforeYouGo

image description: Rafter relaxing on a calm section of Lodore Canyon
image credit/NPS/Jake Holgerson

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

#Reclamation120th: Take a walk thru history as we near 120 years of delivering #ReliablePower and #Water in the West. We'll feature past logos each month to celebrate 6/17/1902, when Reclamation Service was born! Seen here is the 1st official logo in 1907, marking new agency status.

Photos from Colorado River Basin's post

Photos from Colorado River Basin's post


5995 Flaming Gorge Visitor Center
Dutch John, UT

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm


(435) 885-3135



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