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
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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: 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: 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: Woods Landing-Jelm, WyomingEmailDirections
Description: Daily fishing, catch & release only. Additional trout fishing nearby. Hiking, Climbing. National Forest access. Golfing and Skiing nearby.
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: 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.
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.
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: 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: Hwy. 130, Centennial, WY 82055
Hours: Memorial Day - November & Snowmobile Access November - MayDirections
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…
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: 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: 3519 Hwy. 130, Centennial, WY 82055EmailDirections
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.