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Parking RV near Flaming Gorge to save a camping spot discouraged

Jun 20, 2023, 9:14 AM

Sweetwater County officials have a request of those who use their campers or RVs to save a good cam...

FILE PHOTO — Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Upper Colorado River Basin states -- Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming -- voted Monday to suspect releases from the reservoir to flow down to the Colorado River and the struggling Lake Powell. (Vivian Vo-Duk)

(Vivian Vo-Duk)

GREEN RIVER, Wyoming — Sweetwater County officials have a request for those who use their campers or RVs to save a good camping spot at Flaming Gorge: don’t.

This is another result of Utah’s record winter and record runoff. The Flaming Gorge water level is up eight feet from 2022. It increased by three feet in the first two weeks of June.

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office warned that if the water gets too high, those who use their vehicles to save a spot might return to a vehicle damaged by flooding.

“Obviously, if the water gets too high and you’re parked too close to the shoreline, at the very least, you’re risking water damage to your camper or other property,” said spokesman Jason Mowser.

Campers at the Gorge should also know that leaving their camper or RV unattended for up to 72 hours is legal, but it also counts toward the 14-day occupancy limit — within a 28-day period. 

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Parking RV near Flaming Gorge to save a camping spot discouraged