Little Hole National Scenic Trail
Much of the brilliant colors that impressed John Wesley Powell to name this section of the Green River as Flaming Gorge were submerged when the Flaming Gorge Dam was built. But peeking through is a small section called Red Canyon. The Little Hole National Scenic Trail runs along the Green River through this canyon and is an indelible experience. Popular with fly fishermen, it is also used widely by naturalists, photographers and fall foliage seekers.
Find the Little Hole trailhead downstream of the boat ramp. Continue on, and after six miles, you’ll exit Red Canyon as you approach Little Hole.The moderate trail is 7.2 miles each way, but you can turn around at any point. The Green River is indeed verdant during the spring and summer and turns to lovely autumn hues during the fall. Enjoy the turning of the leaves as framed by the lovely hues of the towering canyon walls (up to a height of 600 feet) and the ponderosa pines.
Bonus for mountain bikers: Dry Fork Flume Trail
Find smooth singletrack mixed with a number of technical challenges on this epic trail. Dry Fork Flume Trail is 20 miles if done in its entirety, with 1600 feet of climbing to an altitude of 8300 feet. However, there are multiple trailheads and lots of options for shorter and/or less technical rides.
Interestingly, this trail closely follows the route of an old wagon road that was used to access both the Dry Fork Flume and the Flume Mill Site near Corral Park. You’ll pass through sagebrush, pine, and spruce and fir forests, along with color-changing shrubs dotting the adventure with inspiring autumnal eye candy.