Snowy Range Mountains Wyoming

Recreate Responsibly

The Laramie area is home to an abundance of year round outdoor recreation opportunities, and with mountains or National Forest land to our east, west, and south, it’s easy to see why so many love to visit us and recreate here. While you’re enjoying our beautiful wide-open spaces, we encourage you to visit them safely, respectfully, and responsibly. We’ve curated a list of helpful resources and tips below to help you make the most of your time enjoying the outdoor recreation opportunities in our area while leaving them as you found them for each traveler and visitor to come after you.

Know Before You Go

When exploring our mountains and wilderness areas, it’s imperative to have a plan before you go in case of emergency, a trailhead is full, or a fire ban is in place.

Practice Leave No Trace

Keep Wyoming’s beautiful places beautiful. In order for others to enjoy the same stunning rivers, forests, and mountains, we encourage you to leave the area better than you found it.

Summer Trail Etiquette

If you’re new to trails and the outdoors, it’s important to know the rules and how to share them with others. Learn more about who yields to who and how to take care of our trails while enjoying them.

Wildlife

Many who visit Wyoming are new to seeing wildlife, and it can be exciting when you see your first bear or moose. We share our outdoor spaces with them, and it’s important to know how to view them while respecting their space so that we can keep them wild and stay safe.

Respect the Local Community

We are excited to welcome you with our western hospitality, and we ask that while you are visiting the Laramie area, you treat our home as you would ask others to treat the community where you live. 

Fire Safety

While we know that camping without a campfire isn’t much fun for some, practicing good fire safety in our mountains and national forests is critical to preventing forest fires. Know when there’s a fire ban in place, have water readily available, and always put out your fire until it is cold to the touch.

Camping

With thousands of acres of forests surrounding Laramie, the list of places to camp is seemingly endless. However, it’s important to know where you can camp, plan ahead if reservations are required, and leave campsites better than you found them.

Parking

Many of our trailheads fill up quickly, and it’s important to get there early for a spot. Never park where no parking signs might be in place, and plan ahead with a backup plan in case parking is unavailable.

Fishing

Fishing is a popular activity in the Laramie area, surrounded by lakes and streams. Plan ahead to be sure you have the right kind of bait and tackle, licenses, and know when you can fish where and what is catch and release.

Hiking and Backpacking

Whether you are hiking for the day or headed out into the backcountry, it’s important to know the rules for the best time. Practice Leave No Trace ethics, follow trail etiquette, and plan ahead in case of emergency.

For the Locals

Many visitors travel to Wyoming each year for vacation to enjoy our outdoor recreation opportunities and escape. As locals, we are here to welcome them, share our public lands with them, and educate them on how to enjoy them safely and responsibly so that all can enjoy the amazing outdoor spaces we have here.

Trash the Trash

We encourage you to follow Leave No Trace ethics while enjoying our outdoor spaces. This includes packing out any and all trash, allowing others to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you found it.

Visiting with your Dog

While we all love traveling with man’s best friend, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Please follow all leash laws where present, and, many trailheads offer free poop bags – we encourage you to use them. 

Campervans, trailers, 5th wheels, and RVs

In the wake of the pandemic, many prefer to travel in a self-contained trailer or campervan. Please respect all local rules when traveling, whether visiting the local RV park for your stay or camping on public our lands.

ATVs, Side-by-sides, 4x4s, and Off Roading

The mountains west of Laramie offer some of the best networks of trail riding in the west. Before heading out, it’s important to be prepared, bring a map, and know and follow all rules. 

In 2021, many of the open trails in Medicine Bow National Forest will weave through the burn scar area from the 2020 Mullen Fire. In order for these trails to remain open for others to enjoy, it is absolutely IMPERATIVE to stay on the trail and follow ALL rules including respecting any and all closures put in place by the USFS. We want all users to be able to enjoy a great summer season of riding, and it is critical for you to follow the rules and stay on the trail for this to happen.

Winter Trail Etiquette

For some, the Laramie area becomes a playground in the winter just as much as in the summer and it’s important to follow appropriate trail etiquette in the winter while enjoying our trails. This means knowing who yields to who, respecting the skin track, and knowing where to snowshoe or ride your fat tire bike.