Albany County has hundreds of mountain bike trails, from easy to extreme, to choose from. Laramie has three bike shops and two outdoor shops that have knowledgeable bike enthusiasts to assist you in your summer outdoor adventures.
MOUNTAIN BIKING AREAS
Happy Jack: Located about 14 minutes southeast of Laramie, the Happy Jack Trailhead provides access to a multi-use network of trails that will delight beginners and challenge even the most experienced rider. This area features miles of winding fire roads and steep single tracks, and the lucky cyclist may catch a glimpse of marmot, elk or even moose.
Vedauwoo: Located about 25 minutes southeast of Laramie along I-80, the area around the famous Vedauwoo rocks offers thrilling mountain biking among wild granite formations. The Turtle Rock Loop is a 2.8 mile bike roller coaster, while many other trails explore the rocky outcroppings. Bring a map and take your bearings frequently as this area contains many unmarked use trails.
Curt Gowdy State Park: Located about 30 minutes southeast of Laramie, Curt Gowdy State Park contains some of the most exciting mountain biking in Wyoming. The extensive single track system was designed specifically for mountain bikers, featuring log jumps, vertical drops, slab cruising and meandering dirt paths. Trail information posted at almost every intersection allows you to choose your level of challenge. The slightly lower elevation means that Curt Gowdy State Park is snow-free earlier than either Vedauwoo or Happy Jack.
Snowy Range Mountains: Located about 20 minutes west of Laramie, the Snowy Range offers a huge range of mountain biking terrain, from challenging single tracks to winding roads. Enjoy breathtaking alpine vistas and wildlife spotting as you cruise along, or get your heart pounding as you navigate steep descents and tricky water crossings. The Little Laramie, Corner Mountain and Chimney Park Trails are also used for cross-country skiing in the winter and provide a relaxed experience for beginning riders.
Medicine Bow Non-Motorized Recreation Trail: Located about 45 minutes southwest of Laramie, Wyoming's longest rail trail stretches about 25 miles from Albany, Wyoming to the Colorado border. Old train tracks have been converted into a hard-packed gravel hiking and biking trail that takes you past thundering rivers, towering forests and placid lakes. Access is from Dry Park in the north, Pelton Creek in the south, or Vienna, Woods Creek, Lincoln Gulch and Lake Owen en route.
Glendo State Park: Located about two hours northeast of Laramie, Glendo State Park is quickly becoming a mountain biking destination that rivals Curt Gowdy for varied terrain and exciting challenges. A concerted trail-building effort has created almost 50 miles of single track in the past decade. The low elevation means riders can enjoy Glendo earlier in the spring and later in the autumn than even Curt Gowdy State Park.
RIDE A BIKE!
Hundreds of biking trails, from gravel roads to challenging single tracks, make Albany County a wonderland for the two-wheeled explorer. Laramie boasts three bike shops staffed with knowledgeable locals eager to help you plan your next mountain biking excursion.
2900 E. Grand Ave. Unit 4, Laramie, WY 82070 – (307) 745-3300
All Terrain Sports:
412 Grand Avenue, Laramie, WY 82070 – (307) 721-8036
The Pedal House:
207 S. First St. Laramie, WY 82070 – (307) 742-5533
Address: Forest Rd. 720, Buford, WY 82052Directions
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.
Address: 2468 Jackson St., Laramie, WY 82070
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8 am - 5 pm (8 am - 4:30 pm during winter)EmailDirections
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.
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.
Description: ATV/Jeeping Among the wide things to do in the Snowy Range Mountains, ATV’ing and Jeeping is among the most popular! With hundreds of trails taking you from one end of the mountain to the other, you’ll never see the same area twice! ATV & Jeep Rentals are available through the Albany Lodge, which is only located a short 30 minute drive from the Durango cabin. Hiking, Biking, and More! Love enjoying nature or casting a line out…then look no further than the majestic Snowy Range mountains for the ultimate…
Description: Curt Gowdy is located just 24 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 24 miles east of Laramie, Wyoming on 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…
Address: 207 S. 1st St., Laramie, WY 82070
Hours: Mon & Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Tues-Fri: 10 am - 6 pm; Closed SundayEmailDirections
Description: During the summer, please join the Pedal House crew for any number of weekly group rides. Tuesday 7:00 a.m. (Mountain Ride @ Happy Jack Recreation Area) Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. (Road Ride leaves from the Pedal House) Thursdays 6:00 p.m. (Cruiser Ride leaves from the Pedal House) Saturdays 7:00 a.m. (Mountain Ride @ Happy Jack Recreation Area) All rides are free and open to the public.
Hours: Mon-Sat: 8 am - 4 pm; Closed SundayEmailDirections
Description: The Vee Bar guest and dude ranch located near Laramie Wyoming is a family-friendly vacation destination that is sure to please the horse loving cowboy or cowgirl in you. A Vee Bar Guest Ranch vacation emphasizes horseback riding, but that is only the beginning of your Wyoming family vacation. The ranch activities you will experience at the Vee Bar Dude Ranch include hiking, fishing, river tubing, trap shooting, camping, herding cattle, hayrides and more! Vacation activities center around western horseback riding and the Vee Bar has one of…
Address: 412 Grand Ave., Laramie, WY 82070
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10 am - 6 pm; Sat: 10 am - 5:30 pm; Closed SundayDirections
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.
Hours: Year RoundEmailDirections
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.