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
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.
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 3 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 two bike shops staffed with knowledgeable locals eager to help you plan your next mountain biking excursion.