If you love seeing the beauty of the outdoors - and playing in it - you will quickly discover why the Medicine Bow National Forest near Laramie, WY, could easily become one of your favorite places to go for fun. This part of the Forest has about 400,000 acres in the southeastern part of the state.Just about anything you want to do can be found in this area of the Medicine Bow National Forest. This area is just one of three areas in the Forest. It really is an outdoorsman's sports paradise.
At an altitude of 8,000 feet, Vedauwoo is rather secluded in southeastern Wyoming, filled with dense pine forests. It is surrounded by a seemingly endless expanse of high plains and lies under a dome of intense cerulean blue sky. Views from the tops of the crags are stunning, and one can see from Wyoming's ragged mountains clear down the Continental Divide to Long's Peak, some 75 miles south in Colorado. A multitude of free-raining animal species are commonly found here, including small mammals, antelope, deer, cattle, and on occasional black bear or cougar. Today, climbers and others come here from nearly everywhere to indulge themselves within a setting alien rock formations and scenic valleys found only at Vedauwoo.
The Children's Museum and Nature Center offers kids a chance to get excited about learning through a wonderful selection of hands-on and interactive exhibits. The museum is located inside the lovely Labonte Park near the heart of downtown. The Nature Center features a variety of living and stuffed animals for children to touch and learn about, including a great horned owl named Hissy.
Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) supports the last known breeding population of the endangered Wyoming toad. The Refuge encompasses 1,776 acres and is located southwest of Laramie, Wyoming. The four main lakes on the Refuge are associated with a series of high elevation lakes called the "Laramie plains lakes."