Locals in Laramie, Wyoming, are blessed with many unique and scenic hikes located just a short drive away. There is a hike for all ages and abilities. Continue reading to find out which beautiful hike is the one for you.
Vedauwoo is the premier hiking area in the Laramie area. It is located 16 miles East of town just off Interstate 80. Vedauwoo is located within the Medicine Bow National Forest so it is $5 per car to enter the area. You are able to park just outside the area to access it for free. Vedauwoo has unique rock formations that will stun and surprise you around every corner. There are some very difficult trails and some that are short, flat and even paved so that everyone may access the trails.
There are many trails in the Snowy Range. These mountains are located 30 minutes West of Laramie on Highway 130 and are also part of the Medicine Bow National Forest. Again, there are trails for all ages and ability. If you want an easy trail, start off at the guest center just past the town of Centennial. If you are looking for a difficult and rewarding trail, head to the top of the range and climb to Medicine Bow Peak. There are a few different ways to get to the peak including free parking at the Lake Marie Trailhead.
Curt Gowdy State Park
This park is located halfway between Laramie and Cheyenne on Happy Jack Road. There are miles of trails spread out throughout this park. Be sure to pick up a trail map when you check in so that you can pick the best trails for you abilities. The main attractions here are the Chameleon, a huge natural rock formation, and the Hidden Falls. There is a $6 per car fee here as well.
Happy Jack has miles upon miles of trails. It is located 6 miles West of Laramie on Interstate 80. Park at the rest stop for free parking. These trails are mostly used by locals for trail running and mountain biking.
There are a few trails located within the city of Laramie. On the East side of town, there is a vase public land that stretches for miles. This land is generally overlooked by most hikers and is used more by local runners, walkers, and dog walkers. It rises gently above the city of Laramie and provides great overlooks of the city and of the mountains to the West of town. Park at the end of Willet Drive near the hospital or at the end of Grey’s Gables Road to access the trails.
Stop by the Laramie Chamber of Commerce or the Forest Service office to pick up maps for all of these area trails and more.