Flaming Gorge

Green River and the Canyons of Green River

Green River headwaters are in the Wind River Mountains of western Wyoming, flowing through spectacular canyons in Wyoming and Utah, with 40 miles inside western Colorado.  Much of Green River flows through desolate areas in remote canyons, some accessible only by boat, many are not identified on maps.  Some canyons are lost, buried under water after the Flaming Gorge Dam was built.  Surviving canyons we have been able to identify include Hideout Canyon, Red Canyon, Canyon of Lodore, Whirlpool Canyon, Split Mountain Canyon, Desolation Canyon, Gray Canyon, Labrynth Canyon, and Stillwater Canyon; we probably missed some along the way (the map simply identifies Majestic Canyons), Gates of Ladore [Canyon of Ladore], and Labrynth Canyon.

Parks and recreation areas along Green River include Fontenelle Reservoir, then end-to-end Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, the Gates of Lodore, Dinosaur National Monument, and Green River State Park.  Flaming Gorge (illustrated in the banner photo) was named by Wesley Powell after seeing the sun reflecting off the brilliant red canyon walls.