Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area Utah Hiking and Kayaking
On our trip through northern Utah we decided to spend a day at the beautiful Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area to enjoy the beautiful views and the cool water with a hike and a few hours of kayaking.

Flaming Gorge Country

The Flaming Gorge Reservoir impounds water of the Green River, the reservoir extends as far as 91 miles from Wyoming to Northern Utah. The Gorge, Green River and surrounding Ashley National Forest provide for many outdoor activities from camping, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, boating, fishing, river rafting, and more.

We started the day with a hike on the beautiful South rim located 1,700 feet above the lake. and enjoyed the sweeping views. We parked our van at the visitor center located at 1475 Red Canyon Rd, Dutch John, UT 84023 (with water and restrooms available) and hiked along the Red Canyon Rim Trail which is a 4.8 mile long trail (9.6 mile out and back): https://www.visitutah.com/articles/fl…

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After the hike we drove down to the reservoir where we rented a kayak at the Cedar Springs Marina located at the South-East end of the reservoir at 2675 North Cedar Springs Road, Dutch John, UT 84023. We loved our time on the cold water and had a fun time. FYI: The nearby Red Canyon Lodge has a restaurant, grocery store, cabin rentals, as well as bike rentals. There are many great hikes and campgrounds located in the surrounding area and dispersed free camping can be found in the National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/ashl…

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River Rafting On The Green River Dinosaur National Monument Utah

During our visit to Dinosaur National Monument we enjoyed a fun day floating on the beautiful Green River through the Green River Canyon and Split Mountain Gorge. The river runs through Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado and through the Dinosaur National Monument. This is a great way to enjoy the views on a hot day while getting splashed by the cool river water and enjoy the water adventure with a group of like-minded people. Our rafting guide was very knowledgeable and has been rafting the Green River for many years and we learned so much about the area from history, geology, fauna and flora from him during the float.

We chose a company called Adrift that is located just outside the Monument in Jensen for our rafting trip. We are not sponsored by them and we paid full price for our trip, we recommend them due to their professional service: https://adrift.com/

For more info on the Dinosaur National Monument check out this link:
https://www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm

 

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Vanlife At Dinosaur National Monument Jensen And Vernal Utah

Our road trip from Colorado into Utah started with a visit to Dinosaur National Monument and the surrounding area of Jensen and Vernal. We had such a great time hiking around the National Monument, visiting the Quarry Exhibit Hall and the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal and learning about our ancient history.

The area has so much to offer from places to see dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs to great hiking trails, river rafting on the Green River and Yampa River, kayaking and swimming in the nearby reservoirs, camping and more. We loved vanlife in the Dinosaur area, we parked overnight at different spots and camped for a few days inside the Dinosaur National Monument and at Red Fleet State Park.

US National Park Service Dinosaur National Monument (Quarry Museum is on the Utah side): https://www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm

Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum Vernal: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/uta…

Uintah County Heritage Museum Vernal: https://www.uintahmuseum.org/

Red Fleet State Park (camping, swimming, water sports, dinosaur tracks): https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/red…

There are very few vegan/vegetarian-friendly dining options to be found in this area. We mostly cooked our own meals and ate out a couple times at the following restaurants:

Antica Forma: http://www.anticaforma.com/

Vernal Brewing Company: http://www.vernalbrewing.com/

We definitely recommend a visit to this area. Let us know in the comments below if you have any tips as well! Thanks for subscribing to our channel!

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Vanlife in Grand Junction and Grand Mesa Colorado

Grand Junction and Grand Mesa are awesome for Van Life! There are great camping and boondocking spots in the surrounding BLM and National Forest and we even found a few spots next to the River beautiful river.

For sure we recommend a visit to downtown Grand Junction and Colorado’s Grand Mesa which is one of the largest flat-top mountains in the world! The stunning Colorado National Monument is just outside of Grand Junction and definitely worth a visit.

The downtown area has much to offer, from great Restaurants, an artisan bakery, small shops and stores with local products, bike rentals and easy access to the wonderful riverfront trail that spans over 22 miles from neighboring Palisade through Grand Junction to Fruita: https://oneriverfront.org/trails

There is great hiking, trail running and cycling in the surrounding area as well as at Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument. There’s even petroglyphs to be found on some of the nearby trails. Also kayaking or river rafting on the Colorado River are great options.

Our Favorite Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly and Farm to Table Restaurants:

Bin 707 Foodbar

Cafe Sol

Pablo’s Pizza

Also Check Out:

Museum of the West

Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

Palisades – the neighboring town is really cute and has many great cafes and restaurants and artisan shops.

We really loved our time in and around Grand Junction and definitely will be back one day for more exploring, hiking and wild camping.

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