Laramie, Wyoming, is a dog-friendly city. It is full of wide open spaces where dog’s can roam off leash, many national forests, and two city dog parks. This is your guide to doggy recreation in Laramie.
The City of Laramie has been a great aid to the dogs of the city in the past year. They redesigned the old dog park at Optimist Park on the West side. It has green grass and many trees, both a rarity for Laramie. It is fenced in so you can allow your dog to roam and play as it pleases. The city also took the old fencing from Optimist Park and set it up near the University of Wyoming softball fields at the corner of 22nd and Harney. This park isn’t quite as nice, but it is convenient for those that live near campus or on the North side of town.
East of Laramie there is a public land that spans for miles. It is crisscrossed by many trails and paths. If you trust your dog to run around without a leash then this is the place for you. You are likely to see a few other dog walkers, runners and mountain bikers but generally it is very peaceful. To access this area, head to the East of town. A primary location is Willet Road, just past the campus golf course and hospital.
A Short Drive Away
Laramie is surrounded by public land, mostly in the form of National Forests. East of Laramie is Happy Jack Recreation Area and Vedauwoo Recreation Area. These areas are both part of the Medicine Bow National Forest. There are miles of trails here as well that weave through beautiful prairies, groves of conifers, and unbelieveable rock formations. Again, you are likely to see other people but if you are comfortable with having your well-behaved dog off the leash, this is another great place to visit.
If you want a more mountainous terrain for your pet, head West on Highway 130 to the Snowy Range. Here there are miles of remote and scenic trails for your dog to play.
Maps of the city and surrounding areas can be obtained at the Laramie Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on 3rd Street.