Take a hike!
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.
HIKING IN THE MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST
Located twenty 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 hundred 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.
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 twenty 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. Wild-life 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
- First-aid Kit
- Pocket Knife
- Waterproof Matches
- 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