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Outdoors In and Around Laramie

Laramie is situated on the windswept plains of the Laramie River Valley, where grassy rolling hills rise to jagged steep peaks. The alpine wonders of the Medicine Bow Mountains to the west draw visitors year round to enjoy gray granite peaks, a cascade of clear mountain lakes and beautiful wildflowers. To the east, the massive granite rocks of Vedauwoo attract climbers and adventurers from all over the world to hike, ski and explore the gorgeous and varied formations in this recreation area. The Snowy Range Scenic Byway crosses the Medicine Bow Mountain Range, offering amazing views, a glimpse into local history and plenty of landmarks. Visitors can ski Happy Jack Recreation Area in winter or hike its trails in spring. Anglers can fish Laramie River, the plains lakes or beaver ponds.


Celebrating the Western Spirit

Laramie has a history that is rich with the stories that settled the West. The Ivinson Mansion, a sprawling Territorial Prison, the Overland Trail and the Bucket of Blood Shootout are all celebrated on a self-guided tour called the Legends of Laramie. The University of Wyoming, founded in 1868, is the hub of Laramie’s cultural events scene. It boasts half a dozen museums including geology and art museums with impressive collections.


Historic Downtown and the Arts

Learn about the Laramie Mural Project’s remarkable collaboration that has transformed the look of the downtown area, giving the historical buildings an interesting modern edge. In a few short years, the project has produced several murals and continues to showcase the thriving arts community in this small college town. In historic downtown, you’ll find quaint antique and gift shops flourishing alongside great restaurants, local breweries, cafés and boutiques. All of this, with the clean air and expansive landscape of the western mountains.

Fun Fact

Historic depiction of Jacques La Ramee
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Eerie namesake: In 1820, French Canadian fur trader Jacques La Ramee went off to trap along the river and was never seen again.

Historic image of Laramie’s first power plant
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Laramie’s late-19th century electrical plant lit up the night sky and earned the city the nickname “Gem City of the Plains.”

Robert Fuller who starred in the TV show, Laramie.
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Laramie had its own television show and movie (both of the same name).

Photo: Robert Fuller

Dramatic clouds over Vedauwoo rock formations
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