Welcome to Laramie, Wyoming, an unparalleled summer and winter vacation getaway with a colorful history. Whether you’re looking for great food, historic walking tours or outdoor adventure, VisitLaramie.org can help you figure out all the details to plan your next trip. Join seekers of all ages and varieties in Wyoming’s favorite playground!
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Less than 20 minutes East of Laramie, the Vedauwoo Recreation Area boasts some of the best rock-climbing in the country. The wind and water sculpted granite creating spectacular formations here that attract climbers from all over the world to test their skills on wide cracks called off-wisubheaderhs. There's plenty to enjoy here for a beginning climber as well. Outdoor shops in Laramie can help you get outfitted with all the gear you'll need, and help you find a local guide to show you the ropes.
Abundant wild-life, dramatic alpine scenes and jumbled rock formations make the area around Laramie a feast for the lens of any photographer. Professional and amateur photographers can delight in days spent shooting the shifting light on the grandeur of the surrounding Rocky Mountains, and bring home memories to last a lifetime.
With over a hundred mountain biking trails to choose from, the area around Laramie is a paradise for exploration on two wheels. Choose your level of challenge, from easy scenic trails suitable for families to technical single tracks that will challenge the most experienced riders. Laramie's downtown bike shops are staffed with knowledgeable locals who can assist in your planning and help you find all the gear you’ll need to make your biking vacation memorable and safe.
Hiking & Camping
Whether you seek the solitude of an alpine lake, the raw beauty of weathered granite, or a simple walk close to town, the hiking trails around Laramie offer something for everyone. Families will find fun and exploration close to town, while backpackers can spend a week in the high country of the Medicine Bow Mountains. Local outdoor shops offer experienced staff who can help outfit you for a few hours or a few days of exploration on your own.
The Rivers, lakes and ponds around Laramie provide hours of exciting fishing for anglers of all abilities. Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout are abundant in the Big Laramie River, the Little Laramie River, the alpine lakes of the Snowy Range and even scattered beaver ponds. Local fly-fishing guides can help you arrange a memorable float trip down the North Platte River including a famous five and a half mile section affectionately called the Miracle Mile.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Pristine alpine lakes, roaring rivers and placid ponds invite a boater to dip in their oars. Spend an afternoon watching eagles hunt and moose graze as your boat drifts by or enjoy the excitement of white water kayaking.
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Explore the forested glens and rolling meadows of the Snowy Range from the back of a snowmobile. Wyoming boasts some of the most consistent and fluffy powder in the American West and a motorized sled is the perfect way to get acquainted with this vast playground. With over two hundred miles of groomed trails and 120 miles of marked ungroomed trails, the area around Laramie offers terrain suitable for every skill level.
The Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area, just thirty-five miles west of Laramie, provides world-class skiing in the stunning Alpine splendor of the Medicine Bow National Forest. Boasting 245 inches of snow each year, our 250 acres of ski area includes 2 terrain parks and over two dozen trails suitable for beginners to experts. This gem of a resort will quickly become your favorite. You won't find any crowds here, just miles of beautiful skiing and lots of friendly faces.
Skiing maps are available.
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
To really escape the crowds and enjoy the solitude of a wild Wyoming winter, step into a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and onto miles of groomed trails and scenic rolling terrain easily accessible from downtown Laramie. This gentle winter activity can take you to remote and thrilling locations and allow you unparalleled opportunities to observe birds and wild-life in their winter adaptations. Laramie stores cater to the outdoorsman and can provide rentals, maps and help plan your trip.
Skiing & Snowshoeing maps are available.
With the rising popularity of fat-tired bikes, you can enjoy riding in any season. Miles of groomed trails and forest service roads provide hours of exploration and entertainment for anyone brave enough to try out this exciting new mode of transportation. Bike stores in Laramie can provide information, rentals and advice on how to best enjoy a bike ride during winter months.
The tiny towns surrounding Laramie offer a unique glimpse into Wyoming's rural past...and future.
Less than a hundred people are lucky enough to call Albany home. This lovely location, nestled in a canyon at the base of the soaring Snowy Range Mountains, attracts thousands of visitors each year. Most of them find their way to the Albany Lodge, where delicious food and comfortable accommodations await. Everyone from thrill-seeking adventurers to vacationers looking to unwind can find something to enjoy at this charming lodge, thirty-five miles west of Laramie.
Thirty miles west of Laramie you will find a community known as Centennial which was originally settled by workers for the first Transcontinental Railroad. The nearby Medicine Bow National Forest provided the wood for the ties that would connect the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines. Later, the discovery of gold lured miners, prospectors and merchants to the area. Centennial is now a year-round resort, rustic yet comfortable, that serves as the gateway to the Snowy Range.
When Union Pacific moved the railroad line west of the Rock Creek Station in 1898, the town of Rock River was born. About 250 people call this quaint town, located forty miles northwest of Laramie, home. Explore the rich history of this unique place which has a friendly small town fell that is hard to find in the modern world.
Travelers looking for peace and quiet amid the grandeur of the Snowy Range Mountains need look no further than the tiny hamlet of Woods Landing, twenty-five miles southwest of Laramie. Whether just passing through or hoping to stay a few days, Woods Landing offers the weary traveler a chance to step back in time and enjoy old-fashioned hospitality and family values among spectacular scenery while enjoying the spectacular scenery.
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Laramie is rich in Wild West history, from fur trappers to railroads.
Jacques La Ramee
French Canadian fur trader and mountain man Jacques La Ramee arrived in what is now the state of Wyoming in 1815. Five years later he departed for a season of trapping along the river that now bears his name; he was never seen or heard from again. Details surrounding his disappearance are still unknown, but the town of Laramie, two rivers, a fort, a county and a mountain peak bear his name today.
Originally established as a military post on July 19, 1866, Fort Sanders was first known as Fort John Buford and later named for General William P. Sanders. Very little of the mostly wooden fort exists today other than some of the original stones of the guard house. This fort was built to protect travelers on the Overland Trail and workers who were constructing the Union Pacific Railway from hostile Indian attacks. Remnants can still be seen 3 miles south of Laramie on Highway 287.
The Arrival of Union Pacific
Union Pacific construction crews laid the track connecting Laramie to the rest of the country on May 4, 1868; a few passengers arrived the same day and regular service began less than a week later. The arrival of the railroad inspired entrepreneurs to build more permanent structures in what had been a “Hell on Wheels” tent city. For a few months Laramie was the western terminal of the Union Pacific Railroad, but even after track was laid to points further west, Laramie’s reputation- and population- continued to grow.
A Bright Idea
In August of 1878, famed inventor Thomas Edison traveled to what is now the state of Wyoming to observe a solar eclipse. During his stay he came up with the idea for a filament light bulb, either while staring into a campfire or when his fly fishing rod broke in two. This invention led to the first electrical plant in the Rocky Mountains, located in present day Laramie, which lit up the surrounding night sky and earned the town the nickname "Gem City of the Plains".
The area around Laramie has a concentration of delightful museums, historic landmarks and creative monuments.
UW Centennial Complex
The University of Wyoming Art Museum and American Heritage Center are located in a dramatic building which sits on the northern edge of campus. Rising like a dark mountain from the surrounding plains, this building houses one of the finest art collections in the state, and also serves as a repository for manuscripts, rare books and official archives. Visitors are drawn from around the world to this incredible collection, and admission is free.
Call: (307) 766-6622
The highest point on the original Transcontinental Railroad is marked by a 60 ft. tall granite pyramid, erected in 1882 and now a popular tourist attraction. The Ames brothers are credited with the completion of the tracks that linked the coasts and are commemorated with two nine-foot tall bas-relief portraits near the top of the stone structure. Located just twenty miles south east of Laramie, the monument is open year-round, weather permitting.
The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site
Built in 1872, the Wyoming Territorial Prison housed over a thousand “evil doers of all classes and kinds”, including the notorious Butch Cassidy. In 1903, after the completion of a new prison in Rawlins, the University of Wyoming incorporated the buildings and grounds into the College of Agriculture. Over eighty years later the state took over administration of the facility and renovated several structures, creating a museum that is open seasonally to the public.
Call: (307) 745-3733
UW Geological Museum
The University of Wyoming’s Geological Museum displays one of only five full brontosaurus skeletons in the world, along with the bones of many other prehistoric behemoths. Kids love the informative and interactive exhibits; parents love the educational opportunities and the free cost of admission. Conveniently located on the UW campus, this treasure trove is open every day except holidays and Sunday.
Laramie Plains Museum
The Ivinson Mansion, which now houses the Laramie Plains Museum, was home to Edward and Jane Ivinson who finished it’s construction in 1893. In 1960 local citizens saved the house from demolition and dedicated it to showcasing local area artifacts. The museum has daily hour-long guided tours.
Call: (307) 742-4448
Wyoming House for Historic Women
The Wyoming House for Historic Women honors Louisa Swain along with twelve other distinguished “first” women in Wyoming history, including the first woman in the world to hold judicial office and the first woman elected governor in the nation. The museum also hosts conferences and lectures and invites visitors to learn more about the influential women of Wyoming.
The Lincoln Monument East
The Lincoln Monument East of Laramie on Interstate 80 at exit 323 you will be greeted by an enormous bronze sculpture of Abe Lincoln’s head that weighs over two tons. The monument was completed in 1959 to honor the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth and was placed at the highest point along the Old Lincoln Highway (US 30). Stop at the Summit Visitor Center for a well-deserved break.
Festivals, celebrations and competitions take place around Laramie during every season of the year. Check out our Events Calendar at www.visitlaramie.org/plan-your-trip/events-calendar
Laramie Jubilee Days
"Freedom has a Birthday" party in Washington Park plus nighttime fireworks kick off a week-long celebration of Wyoming’s statehood which is July 10th. Visitors and residents enjoy rodeos, a carnival, a parade, music and Wyoming's best brewfest, plus many other events during the annual week long Jubilee Days.
The streets of downtown Laramie fill with vendors for the Farmer's Market every Friday afternoon from July through September. Enjoy live music and a friendly atmosphere while you chat with local vendors. Goods for sale include fresh produce, pastries, jewelry, cheese, honey and a variety of local arts and crafts.
Bike Races & Runs
The varied terrain of the Laramie area makes it an ideal location for mountain bike races and runs. At 111k, the Laramie Enduro is Wyoming's premier endurance mountain bike competition, while easier events like the Prison Break 5 k run and obstacle course provide fun for the whole family. The variety of races offers excitement and challenge for competitor and spectator alike.
The Legends of Laramie Tour
Laramie's First Mobile Interactive On this interactive adventure, you'll experience pioneers, outlaws and vigilantes. At each of the 15 locations, you'll view a video, slideshow, or panorama from Laramie's colorful past. Choose your first location, then unlock each legend with your smartphone or tablet.
Historic Walking Tours
Pick up an informative brochure at the Laramie Visitor Center 210 E. Custer, Laramie or just wander the streets at your leisure, soaking up some of the finest and most varied History in Wyoming.
» Albany County Museums
» Centennial Tour
» Historic Architectural Treasures
» Historic Downtown Laramie
» The Campus of University of Wyoming
» The Old Lincoln Highway
» Railroads of Albany County
» West Side Stories Website: www.visitlaramie.org/brochuresguides
Laramie Mural Project
The Laramie Mural Project was formed as a collaboration between local artists, the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Laramie Main Street Alliance and funding from the Albany County Tourism Board in order to enhance public art in historic downtown Laramie. New murals are scheduled for painting! Dial 307-200-0040 then hit the number below, followed by the pound sign (#) to hear the mural artists talk about their work.
#3 Talal Cockar, Tierray Libertad, 2011 Big Hollow Food Co-Op, 119 S. First St.
#4 Meghan Meier, Grainery Grove, 2011-2013 The Big Dipper, 111 E. Ivinson Ave.
#5 Jeff Hubbell and Lindsay Olson, Prairie Dog Town, 2013 The Curiosity Shoppe, The Herb House, Atmosphere Mountain Works, between First and Second streets, west-facing alley
#6 Meghan Meier, Escape, 2012 Undercover Beds and Spas, Second and Garfield Streets
#7 Travis Rhett Ivey, Hollyhock Haven, 2011 City of Laramie Parking Lot, Custer St. between First & Second St.
#8 Dan Toro, Book Shelf, 2012 Laramie Vision Clinic, 408 S. Second St., west-facing alley (Destroyed by Fire)
#9 Dan Toro, Growth, 2012 Source Gas, 416 S. Third St.
#10 Travis Rhett Ivey, Crossing Sherman Hill, 2013 Modern Printing, Kearney Street between Third and Second
#11 Talal Cockar, We Built the Dream, 2014, 606 S. 2nd Street
#12 - #20 Gill Street Alley at 320 S. 2nd Street
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