Horses grazing on a pristine prairie near Deerwood Wild Horse EcoSanctuary
Towering rock formations at Vedauwoo Recreation Area, a popular climbing spot
Learning about the city’s colorful murals on a tour
Wildflowers in bloom in the Snowy Range Mountains
Ranchers driving cattle down a valley road in Woods Landing
A marker for the historic Overland Trail, sunset in the distance
A moose spotted along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway
Authentic calf roping experience at the Vee Bar Guest Ranch
A flight of local craft beer at Bond’s Brewing Company
Western-inspired decor in a charming rental cabin
An unexpected gem on the scenic high plains
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 Snowy Range Mountains to the west draw visitors year round to enjoy granite peaks, a cascade of clear mountain lakes and beautiful wildflowers. To the east, the massive granite rocks of Vedauwoo attract 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 National Forest, 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 summer. Anglers can fish the 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. 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.
Eerie namesake: In 1820, French Canadian fur trader Jacques La Ramee went off to trap along the river and was never seen again.
Laramie’s late-19th century electrical plant lit up the night sky and earned the city the nickname “Gem City of the Plains.”
Laramie had its own television show and movie (both of the same name).
Photo: Robert Fuller