I had been driving through the middle of nowhere for hours and my heart is filled with disappointment. I had read about an “Alien Airport” somewhere out here. A place where the locals (if you can call them that seeing as the nearest town is 40 mi away) set up a runway in case Extra Terrestrials ever needed a place to land their UFO’s, take a load off, and have a brew. Sadly, all it consists of now is a fence surrounding a dilapidated building and a dirt road that is early visible from all the plants that have caused it to be overgrown over the years. As I’m halfway between two superchargers, I decided to keep plowing on opposed to turning back, and boy am I glad that I did.
As I come over the next ridge, a pond opens up on one side and a field on the other. A vast mountain range lurks miles in the distance, snow capped, and just present enough to inspire a majestic atmosphere. A herd of Pronghorn Deer sprint across the field. Each one stopping momentarily to grab a bite of grass, but none stopping long enough to get left behind by the others.
As the incline of the road starts to rise, the baron fields start to disappear and reddish orange rocks start to take over. All of the sudden I see a sign and a pull off to park. “Flaming Gorge” it says, and as I look across the horizon I see a massive lake sprawl out below me.
The Flaming Gorge is a reservoir that dams up the Green River near the Wyoming/Utah border. It was built as part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Storage Project. Its purpose is to provide water and power to Utah and Wyoming, and to prevent California and Nevada to take it all. It was originally agreed to in part of the “Great Basin River” Pact and has been providing resources for those states ever since. Personally, I can get behind most projects like this that create these amazing areas to enjoy nature.
Closest Supercharger Rock Springs Wyoming
Rock Springs, WY 82901
The Flaming Gorge