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 you’ll find loops for miles that are ideally suited to trail running as well. Come see why all trails lead to Laramie, Wyoming, no matter your preferred method of transportation in the mountains.

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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...


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...

Curt Gowdy State Park

The 35-mile mountain biking system at Curt Gowdy State Park was established in only 2006, and is already on the map as some of the best mountain biking in the region. 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...

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...

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....

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. 

Jacoby Ridge Trail

This short and mellow trail makes a 2.5 mile loop on gravel and is wide enough for a pair of runners, pushing a stroller, or a nice loop for a walk.

Schoolyard Trail System

Located adjacent to town and the Jacoby Ridge Trail, the Schoolyard network gives runners a web of trails that make up roughly 20 miles of trail. You can weave these into any loop you want to suit your needs, and the location is perfect for lunch break runs or after work runs that are close to town.

Happy Jack Recreation Area and Pole Mountain

Located 10 miles east of Laramie, the Happy Jack area is ideal for those looking for something a bit more challenging that is still close to town. This network of trails totals roughly 35 miles and sits at an elevation of 8,000-9,000 feet. The trails are close to campsites as an added bonus to travelers, and they are best accessed from June until October.


A short jog from Happy Jack will find you in the midst of Sherman Granite hoodoos, an area known as Vedauwoo. The trail network here offers roughly 25 miles of trails that twist and turn amongst the rock formations. For an extra long run, Happy Jack and Vedauwoo trail networks can be linked up.

Curt Gowdy State Park

If you’re searching for that IMBA epic trail for your trail run, Curt Gowdy State Park is located 25 miles east of Laramie and is comprised of roughly 25 miles of varying terrain. The park gets busy on weekends, so we recommend starting early to avoid the crowds. 

Snowy Range

If you’re looking for something a bit more remote and adventurous, head west of Laramie to the Snowy Range Mountains. Here you’ll find a wide variety of trails with ranging levels of difficulty. Because the mountains are higher in elevation, the running season on these trails is shorter, making trail runs in these mountains that much sweeter.

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

If you’re looking for a long, flat, and relatively mellow trail that is also remote, the Rail Trail is an ideal option. Located atop Woods Landing and 30 minutes from Laramie, the trail covers roughly 25 miles with very little change in elevation. 

Pilot Hill Project

The newest addition to Laramie’s network of trails is the Pilot Hill Project. Scheduled to open in 2021, this 6,500 acre parcel of land has roughly 40 miles of planned trail development suited to a wide variety of user groups. These trails sit adjacent to town, connecting the Schoolyard trails to the Happy Jack Recreation Area and beyond. 

Thinking of visiting us for a trail run, planning a trail running race, or just looking to get outside on our trails? We invite you to come explore why all trails lead to Laramie, Wyoming!

More Running Resources

Still looking for more running resources in and around the Laramie Area? Be sure to check out High Plains Harriers, Laramie's local running club, for upcoming races, routes, ways to volunteer, and more.


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