In spring 1869, Major John Wesley Powell and nine men boarded small wooden boats at Green River, Wyoming to embark on a daring exploration of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Powell and his men slowly worked their way downstream, successfully completing the journey in late summer. On May 26, 1869, Major Powell named Flaming Gorge after he and his men saw the sun reflecting off the red rocks.
Want to visit; get more details here. The stunning views (even with smoke in the air) was well worth the drive to the gorge, couldn't image the view from the river - maybe someday!
Could definitely see how the canyon would come alive when the sun is shining on the red rocks!