Red Canyon Visitor Center


Winter Photo of front entrance to Red Canyon Visitor's Center

Perched high above the reservoir at the southern end of Flaming Gorge NRA lies the Red Canyon Recreation Complex. A destination unto itself for many visitors, the area includes the Red Canyon Overlook and Red Canyon Visitor Center. These sites offer commanding views of the 700' wide and 1,400' deep Red Canyon that frames the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.  The Red Canyon Visitor Center sits on the southern rim of the Red Canyon above the Flaming Gorge Reservoir overlooking a stunning view into the 1,631 foot canyon. The design of the building was to feature this magnificent view in a safe setting for visitors. Construction began on the Red Canyon Visitor Center in 1964 and was completed by summer of 1965. The architect for this project was Thair H. Blackburn of Ogden Utah.

The center currently provides scenic points of interest, educational programs, natural history, interpretive trails, and recreation information for the larger Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area (NRA) as well as other recreational opportunities surrounding the NRA. For many of our visitors this center is the only opportunity they have to experience the beauty of the canyon. The center also provides interpretive signage and exhibits that allow the visitor to continue their discovery as they immerse themselves with the rich cultural and natural history of the area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The visitor center is open daily:
  • Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday - Sunday 9am - 6pm
The visitor center may be open on weekends during the months of April, May, September, and October depending on the availability of staff and the weather.  Viewpoints along the rim of the canyon are open year-round.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Drinking water
Open Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet(in season), Vault Toilet(year-round)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Located on Forest Road 095/Red Canyon Road off Highway 44 between Vernal, Utah and Manila, Utah; approximately 40 miles north of Vernal, UT on Highway 191, 80 miles south of Rock Springs, Wyoming on Highway 191, 80 miles south of Green River, Wyoming on Highway 530, and 205 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Recreation Map

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Toilets Flush Toilet (in season), Vault Toilet (year-round)
Drinking water
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