A PLACE TO HEAL
Fallen Warriors Memorial Out-Camp, Flaming Gorge, UT,WY
MISSION: To reduce the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the subsequent high suicide rates by providing healing outdoor recreational therapy to America’s disabled combat veterans and their families utilizing Hand in hand Outdoor’s fleet of boats, professional captains, volunteer staff and councilors from the VA.
GOALS: To build partnerships with organizations and individuals that share this mission statement in order to create this place of healing for our nations wounded veterans, their families and the families of those warriors who gave their life on the battlefield in defense of freedom and liberty.
Location: Located on the shores of Flaming Gorge Reservoir near Manila, Utah amid some of America’s most spectacular recreational lands,the Fallen Warriors Out-Camp is dedicated to the memory of Utah’s and Wyoming’s valiant warriors, killed on the battlefields.
Serving: Disabled combat veterans and their families, families of the fallen (Gold Star Families), disabled children of Utah’s and Wyoming’s military.
Partners: Lucerne Valley Marina, Dept of the VA’s Vet Centers, Utah Elks Veterans Committee, Cabela’s, Questar,The Swanson Foundation, Sportsmen’s Warehouse.
Surrounding Communities; the local citizens of the surrounding Utah and Wyoming cities and ranches are among the most patriotic of Americans, known for their independence and love of country. They are, without exception, extremely supportive of our country’s military and veterans. Those that have worn our nation’s uniforms onto the battlefields and their families will be treated with respect and honored for their service and sacrifices.
Getting Here: Fallen Warriors Outcamp is accessible via Interstate I-80 through Greenriver, WY.(45 miles) or US 191 from Vernal, UT. (62 miles) Air travel through Sweetwater County Airport WY. W/connections to Denver and Cheyenne, WY and SLC International Airport with Delta and American Airlines. Car rentals are available at the Sweetwater Airport, Rock Springs, WY.
Facilities: A 6 ½ acre parcel of land with power, water and sewer and frontage road. Facilities consisting of:
A 30’ diameter all- weather yurt on a 80’ X 90’ railed deck serving as headquarter, cook house, meeting room and indoor activities and instruction room. The structure to be wheelchair accessible with ramps, wood and propane heat and cooking with commercial stove and oven, stainless steel food prep area, electric and propane refrigeration and freezer, propane and electric lighting, tables and chairs to accommodate 16 to 22. Front deck with chairs.
8 ea canvas wall tents 14’ X 16′ with disabled accessible beds, propane and wood heat, electric fan, insect screening, propane and electric lighting, windows and vent system. Mounted on a 80X 90’ deck. Wheelchair accessible with ramp.
16’ X 10’ shower and toilet trailer with male and female partitions. Handicapped toilets. Individual shower stalls on each side.1 urinal plus handicapped accessible toilet on male side. Electric and propane heat and lighting. On demand propane and electric water heater. Grey water elimination via septic tank and field drain, black water elimination via pump out.
12’ x 16’ Chapel for prayer and meditation.
Outdoor Meditation and Memorial area. Natural stone memorial with brass placard(s) commemorating Utah’s and Wyoming’s fallen warriors with overhead covering.
10’ X 12’ weather port for propane tank storage (500 gal), maintenance equipment, solar power batteries, Backup generator, washer and dryer, etc.
Outdoor Bar B Que grill and fire pit w/bench seating for 40 individuals. Serves as meal and entertainment area.
Area is served by cell phone tower. WiFi is possible with booster tower. Adequate parking for 40 vehicles
Lucerne Valley Marina is a first class marina offering full services and strategic access to Flaming Gorge reservoir with its world class fishing and boating. Flaming Gorge is an international destination recognized for its trophy trout fishing (Lake trout, Brown trout, Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, Smallmouth bass and bourbot).
LUCERNE VALLEY MARINA
Hand in Hand Outdoors keeps a 10 passenger 4 wheelchair 22’ adaptive fishing boat at the Lucerne Valley marina. Two additional 22’ fishing boats owned by Hand in Hand Outdoor’s officers and board members are also available for use.
Additional on the reservoir activities include; ice fishing, Water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, boating, wake boarding, paddle boarding, on shore camping. This is a year around fishery with year around activities.
Green River below the dam at Dutch John, UT.
The Green River is recognized as America’s finest tailwater trout fishery, Activities below the dam include; fly fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. The fishery is accessible from the shore as well. There are camping areas along the river. Distance from Fallen Warriors Outcamp to the dam is approximately 36 miles with year around accessibility.
FISHING AND WHITEWATER RAFTING
Other marine activities: the surrounding area is covered with numerous streams and rivers flowing into the reservoir as well as nearby alpine lakes that offer excellent fishing.
Land based Activities; 4 wheeling, horseback riding, Mountain biking, hiking, hunting and shooting. Educational actives include; fly tying, rod building, entomology classes, local history and geology. Birding and wildlife observation are also available.
Shooting sports: Archery range, small bore rifle and pistol, Trap and skeet, air rifle
Community events and activities; There are many events at nearby communities on both sides of the border of Utah and Wyoming; Flaming Gorge Days, Flaming Gorge fishing tournament, Kids fishing Derby, Flaming Gorge freedom festival, Junior rodeo series, Cow country rodeo, Parade of lights and fireworks and many other activities our warriors and their families can engage in.