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 feet 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 campground tucked into the rock formations offers 11 campsites with fire pits, picnic tables, and grills. The tent campground provides 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.
Forest Service Information
2468 Jackson Street Laramie, WY 82070-6535
Phone: (307) 745-2300 TDD Phone: (307) 745-2307
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in winter)
The Supervisor’s Office and Laramie Ranger District office are located in the same building.