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.VIEW VIDEO
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 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.
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.
Map & Compass
Extra Food, Water & Clothing
Sunglasses & Sunscreen
Pepper spray (especially in bear country)
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
Description: We have 100 lakes and streams within 10 miles of the cabins for fishing. There are many hiking trails within a few miles of the cabins. In the winter you have to snowmobile into the cabins about 1 mile. You can access the trails and off trail riding from you front door in the winter.
Activity Phone: 307-742-9041
Address: 120 Forbes Lane
Hours: 7 Days/ Week 24 Hours/ DayEmail
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.
Activity Phone: 307-745-4195
Hours: Memorial Day - November & Snowmobile Access November - May
Description: History The Snowy Range Scenic Byway (Wyoming Highway 130) is located in southeast Wyoming and was originally a wagon road built in the 1870s. In the 1920s was widened and smoothed using horse-drawn equipment. The road was paved in the 1930s and designated as the nation’s second Scenic Byway in 1988. After six years of working on the road, it was completed and known as the “Great Skyroad.” The Scenic Byway over the Snowy Range is one of the shortest of Wyoming’s scenic byways, both in length and…
Activity Phone: 307-755-0642
Address: 617 E Plaza Ct, Laramie, WY 82070
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - FridayEmail
Description: Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is a premier Christ-centered deep wilderness ministry. We take students (mainly 15-30 years old, from around the world) into the wilderness on 10 day, 20 day and 40 day courses designed to deepen a student's relationship with the Lord and to develop leadership skills and character. Check our web-site for course dates. We also offer custom courses. www.srom.org
Phone: (307) 745-3055
Activity Phone: 307-745-3055
Hours: Year RoundEmail
Description: We are a year round Camp, Conference and Retreat Center located at the base of the Snowy Range; we offer hiking, rafting, tubing, Ropes/Challenge course, Archery, Mountain biking and we are minutes from the Snowy Range Ski Area. We offer yearly hunting camps as well as fishing and 4 wheel opportunities.
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Description: 20 Miles east of Laramie, along I-80 are the towering rocks of Vedauwoo, an Arapaho word meaning "Earth Born". It provides backdrops for picnics, sight-seeing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, rock climbing, fishing, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing. This is a fee area. Vedauwoo is best know for its varied rock climbing options. There are still many trails that offer amazing views and fresh air. Vedauwoo Glen Trail, Turtle Rock Trail and others range from under a mile to almost to three miles.