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Snowy Range Mountains Wyoming

Hiking

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 hoodoo formations. Experienced locals at Laramie outdoor shops can help outfit you for your next adventure.

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Snowy Range Mountains

The Snowy Range Mountains are a true gem of southeastern Wyoming. Shaped by a rich glacial history, the high alpine scenery of this range is stunning and boasts over 100...

Vedauwoo

Located 10 minutes east of Laramie, along I-80 are the towering rocks of Vedauwoo (pronounced “vee-dah-voo”). The name is derived from an Arapaho word meaning...

Pilot Hill

The Pilot Hill Project was a land swap completed in 2020 to connect the City of Laramie’s foothills directly to the 65,000 acres of National Forest to the east....

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

The Medicine Bow Rail Trail meanders through the heart of the Medicine Bow National Forest, 35 miles west of Laramie. It stretches 22 miles between the northern trailhead...

Happy Jack & Pole Mountain

Found off of exit 323 on I-80 east of Laramie, Happy Jack is a wonderful area for hiking, camping, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and even home to...

Trail Running

Home to an abundance of trails, the Laramie area offers unrivaled opportunities for trail users of all kinds. Many love to visit to hike or mountain bike, but up here...

Backpacking In The Snowy Range Mountains

The Snowy Range Mountains are a true gem of southeastern Wyoming. Shaped by a rich glacial history, the high alpine scenery of this range is stunning and boasts over 100...

6 Tips For Backpacking

For the experienced and inexperienced alike, the outdoors surrounding Laramie, Wyoming offer an abundance of backpacking opportunities. 

Hiking In The Medicine Bow National Forest

11-Snowy_Range_Hiking.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, the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, provides access during the 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

vedauwoo SunsetIncredible granite hoodoo formations along with pine and aspen groves provide a haven for hikers and trail runners in the Vedauwoo (pronounced VEE-da-voo) 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, 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.

Important Information

  • 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.

BACKCOUNTRY CHECKLIST

  • Map & Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Food, Water & Clothing
  • Sunglasses & Sunscreen
  • First-aid Kit
  • Pocket Knife
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Whistle
  • Insect Repellant
  • Pepper spray (especially in bear country)
  • Rain Gear
  • Water Purifier

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.

Maps

Forest Service Visitor Maps
Snowy Range
Vedauwoo
Camping 
Libby Creek Trail 
Medicine Bow Peak Trail 
Turtle Rock Trail

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