Stunning scenery beckons to those who want to sleep under the stars in the Laramie area. Escape the crowds and enjoy your own slice of Wyoming wilderness in Medicine Bow National Forest or the Vedauwoo Recreation Area.
CAMPING IN THE SNOWY RANGE MOUNTAINS
The Snowy Range Mountains, in Medicine Bow National Forest, offer a variety of camping options, from National Forest Campgrounds to cabin rentals. Bow River, Deep Creek, and Brooklyn Lake offer quiet seclusion, abundant fishing and challenging trails, while Nash Fork, Silver Lake and Sugarloaf provide easy access to Highway 130 in the midst of alpine beauty. Enjoy a range of year-round recreational activities including hiking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, ORV riding, and skiing. Contact the local ranger district office in the area you plan to visit to get current information about weather conditions.
MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST
Whether you seek a remote location to contemplate wild beauty, a campground filled with friends you haven't met yet or an introduction to the rewards of sleeping outside, one of the comfortable campgrounds in Medicine Bow National Forest is sure to suit your needs. With over a million acres of rolling meadows, spruce forests and mountain wilderness, Medicine Bow camping offers something for everyone. Contact the local ranger district office for detailed information about each of the 34 developed campgrounds located throughout the forest.
Midway between Laramie and Cheyenne, visible from I-80, striking granite formations draw the eye of even the most casual passerby. This is the rock formation known as Vedauwoo, from the Arapaho word “bito'o'wu” which means “earth-born.” Rising up to 500 ft and stretching for ten square miles, the Vedauwoo rocks were born of magma over a billion years ago and continue to be sculpted by wind, water, and ice. A mix of pink feldspar, white quartz, and specks of black hornblende called Sherman Granite gives the rocks their spectacular coloring.
An RV campsite tucked into the rock formations and offers 11 campsites with fire pits, picnic tables, and grills. Tent campers will find accommodations closer to the largest outcrop, Turtle Rock. Either of these campgrounds provides an excellent base for summer activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, or fishing, or winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
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.
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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.
Address: 210 S. 2nd St., Laramie, WY 82070
Hours: Everyday: 10 am - 6 pmDirections
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.
Address: 866 N. US-287, Laramie, WY 82070
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8 am - 6 pm; Sat & Sun: 9 am - 1 pmEmailDirections
Description: The historic Oxford Horse Ranch was established in 1887 and is now a working cattle ranch, bed and breakfast, and venue. Come enjoy the ranch life style viewing cattle, horses, and the 150 foot log barn This national registered historic landmark boasts a wonderful piece of Wyoming history. Bring your horse and come experience the western way of life.
Address: 220 S. 2nd St., Laramie, WY 82070
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 am - 6 pm, Sat: 8 am - 6 pm, Sun: 8 am - 4 pmEmailDirections
Description: When we think of a basecamp we think of adventure. We think of community. We think of the place you go to gear up and make last minute preparations for your next trip. We think of campfires, epic stories of misadventures, and good friends. We’re a family-owned and operated small business in beautiful downtown Laramie, Wyoming. It’s our goal to help you get outdoors and explore in the right clothing and with the right gear for your budget. From downtown to the trails. Your adventure starts here.
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.
Address: 617 E. Plaza Ct., Laramie, WY 82070
Hours: Mon-Thur: 8:30 am - 5 pm; Fri: 7:30 am - 4 pm; Closed Saturday & SundayEmailDirections
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
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…
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.
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.
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.