Hiking in the Snowy Range and Vedauwoo Area near Laramie, Wyoming

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Alpine lakes, high peaks, and brilliant wildflowers await the intrepid hiker just outside of Laramie. The Snowy Range Mountains offer rugged scenery while Vedauwoo features wild granite formations. Experienced locals at Laramie outdoor shops can help outfit you for your next adventure.

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HIKING IN THE MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST
Located 20 minutes west of Laramie, the Snowy Range Mountains earn their name. With peaks and valleys between 9,000 and 12,000 ft., come prepared for snow any time of year.

Wyoming Highway 130, locally known as the Snowy Range Road, provides access during summer months, but is closed during the winter and early spring. Campgrounds, picnic areas and trailheads abound along this scenic 100 mile stretch of road.

The Snowy Range features many hikes and climbs. Medicine Bow Peak is the highest point in southern Wyoming and a challenging four-mile trail leads to the 12,013 ft. summit. Libby Creek Trail and Lakes Trail are popular hikes with both visitors and locals alike.

HIKING AT VEDAUWOO
Wild granite formations along with pine and aspen groves provide a haven for hikers and trail runners in the Vedauwoo area, a 20 minute drive southeast of Laramie. Many trails permit travel by horseback, which can ease the burden of a multi-day expedition. Slick vertical paths reach the summits of Vedauwoo, (pronounced VEE-da-voo) while gentler trails meander in the forest.

The three mile Turtle Rock Loop and the Box Canyon Trail to the summit of Glen Dome are the most popular hikes in this region. Wildlife sightings are common, so watch for beavers, pronghorn antelope, raptors, elk and moose as you hike.

VEDAUWOO HISTORY
Vedauwoo is derived from the Arapaho word “bito’o’wu” meaning “earth-born.” The characteristic hoodoos and outcrops of this region are made of 1.4 billion year old Sherman Granite, some of the oldest rock in Wyoming, still a billion years younger than the Tetons. The fabulous formations are due to an uplift of the Laramie Mountains that began about 70 million years ago, along with the erosion of younger layers of rock and sediment, which continues to this day.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

No permits are needed to hike in the Snowy Range or Vedauwoo area.
Please follow “Leave No Trace” guidelines to keep this area beautiful for future generations.
Parking in day use areas and at trailheads requires a modest fee. Interagency annual, senior, and access passes are accepted.
Off-road travel by motorized vehicles is prohibited in this area.
Dogs must be kept on a leash in the day use areas, at trailheads or in campgrounds.
Mountain weather is unpredictable! Be sure to check a forecast before you depart.

BACKCOUNTRY CHECKLIST

Map & Compass
Flashlight
Extra Food, Water & Clothing
Sunglasses & Sunscreen
First-aid Kit
Pocket Knife
Waterproof Matches
Whistle
Insect Repellant
Pepper spray (especially in bear country)
Rain Gear
Water Purifier

Experienced locals at Laramie outdoor stores can help outfit you for your hike.

FOREST SERVICE INFORMATION:

2468 Jackson Street Laramie, WY 82070-6535

Phone: (307) 745-2300 TDD Phone: (307) 745-2307 Fax: (307) 745-2398

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. during winter)

The Supervisor’s Office and Laramie Ranger District office are located in the same building.

MAP & DIRECTIONS

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SNOWY RANGE

VEDAUWOO CAMPING LIBBY CREEK TRAIL MEDICINE BOW PEAK TRAIL TURTLE ROCK TRAIL Show Map of this List

Description: For mountain and road adventures, we carry bikes and accessories for entry level and advanced level cyclist. We are proud to carry top of the line climbing gear, snowboards, car racks, camping gear, and skateboards. Be sure to check out our manufacturer websites on the links provided. Stop by and experience high quality products and service.

Description: For over a decade, Atmosphere Mountainworks has been creating hand-made, hand-designed, one-of-a-kind outdoor gear including: backpacks, fannypacks, purses, jackets, pants, hats, gloves, and the list goes on and on... We also carry a variety of sporting equipment, disc golf, gifts, toys, books, and more... Stop on by! Open by hours listed or by chance! Sorry, no mail orders at this time.

Cross Country Connection

Phone: 307-721-2851

Address: 222 South Second St Laramie WY 82070

Hours: 10AM TO 6PM WEEKDAYS 9AM TO 5PM SATURDAY NOON TO 4PM SUNDAY

Website: crosscountryconnection.com

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Description: Cross Country Connection has been supplying outdoor enthusiasts in Laramie with gear and equipment for 32 years. See us for rock climbing, cross country ski, camping, and backpacking equipment. Stay warm, stay dry, stay stylish with our great selection of clothing.

Description: Curt Gowdy is located just 24 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 24 miles east of Laramie, Wyomingon State Route 210 (Happy Jack Road) Curt Gowdy State Park has seven sections of richly varied landscape, There are three reservoirs, Granite, Crystal and North Crow. Granite offers excellent rainbow trout and kokanee salmon fishing as well as space for water sports. Crystal, the smallest of the reservoirs, has shoreline fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Also, enjoy boating while at Crystal (15 horsepower limit). North Crow…

Description: biking, hiking, climbing, and other outdoor activities

Description: Daily fishing, catch & release only. Additional trout fishing nearby. Hiking, Climbing. National Forest access. Golfing and Skiing nearby.

Description: Found off of exit 323 on I-80 east of Laramie, Happy Jack is a wonderful area for hiking, camping, mountain biking, cross-county skiing, snow shoeing and even home to trails for horseback riding. Trails ranging from .4 miles to 3 miles, there is enough space here to spend a whole day enjoying nature. This is apart of the Medicine Bow National Forest and a small fee is required per vehicle per day.

Medicine Bow National Forest

Phone: (307) 745-2300

Activity Phone: (307) 745-2300

Address: 2468 Jackson Street Laramie, WY 82070

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during winter)

Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mbr

Alt Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbr/recreation/wintersports/recarea/?recid=22842&actid=91

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Description: The Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests provide year-round recreation opportunities for you. These activities include hiking, biking, camping, horseriding, OHV riding, fishing and hunting, just to name a few. Beautiful vistas await sightseers and photographers. The topography varies greatly within the national forests. Elevation ranges from 5,500 to 12,940 feet. Happy Jack, Vedauwoo, and the Snowy Range.

Snowy Range Livestock Ranch & Lodge

Phone: 307-742-9041

Activity Phone: 307-742-9041

Address: 120 Forbes Lane

Hours: 7 Days/ Week 24 Hours/ Day

Website: http://www.snowyrangeranch.com

Alt Website: http://Facebook.com/SnowyRangeLivestock

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Description: Snowy Range Livestock Ranch & Lodge offers endless activities. The ranch has a large equine indoor riding arena and runs Black Angus Cows. We offer riding lessons, fishing on the Little Laramie River, Hiking and Climbing, Snowmobiling Tours, Skiing & Snowboarding packages, Hunting, and much more. Call us today FMI.