Local Area Attractions
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.
Vedauwoo (Rock Climbing)
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.
Wyoming Children's Museum and Nature Center
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
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."
The Ames Monument
Oliver and Oakes Ames were 19th century industrialists who, when they weren't producing shovels, were bribing Congress to finance the Union Pacific Railroad. The railroad decided to show its appreciation by building a pyramid in their honor in 1882, out of native granite quarried form the site. Building a pyramid also kept Union Pacific Railroad workers busy, and it gave Union Pacific passengers something to look at in Wyoming.
Snowy Range Ski Resort
Snowy Range offers a friendly, exciting winter adventure for you and your family. Take advantage of the day lodge, new last year. They have seating for 850 people with a breathtaking view. Great spot for weddings, receptions, meetings or banquets.
Snowmobilers can explore over 500 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails, rated all A’s for snowmobiling by SnoWest Magazine. Experience the thrill of driving a snowmobile on the fresh powder of the Snowy Mountains!
The Laramie Community Recreation Center offers:
- A full-court gymnasium
- A lazy river
- A whirlpool
- An eight-lane lap pool
- An indoor leisure pool
- An outdoor pool
- Cardio equipment
- Circuit weights
- Dozens of activity programs
- Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
- Meeting rooms
- Water slides
It's a fun little park. No vert but has a lot of flow. There's a nice speed hump in the middle, a spine and a channel. It's fast and smooth. A worth while stop if your traveling on I-80.
Take Interstate 80 to the 3rd Street exit in Laramie, and head north. About two miles up 3rd St. turn right [east] on Canby Street. On the northeast corner of 5th St. and Canby St. is La Bonte Park. The skatepark is inside La Bonte Park.
American Heritage Center
The American Heritage Center is the University Of Wyoming's book archive, as well as the rare book storage center and repository for manuscripts. The center is located on the University of Wyoming campus, near the Green Hill Cemetery. The collection of rare books held at the center is considered by many to be the finest in the nation, holding more than 40,000 volumes that track the history of literature, from the illuminated manuscripts of medieval times to 21st-century writings.
Laramie Plains Museum / Ivinson Mansion
The historic Ivinson Mansion, home to the Laramie Plains Museum , was the original home of the influential Ivinson Family, who helped the town of Laramie grow and prosper due to their community efforts and financial contributions. Today, after years of disuse, the home is a beautiful example of Laramie style of architecture, and houses a comprehensive collection of period antiques. The home is located in the downtown area, just west of the University of Wyoming campus.
Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site
The Territorial Prison was originally built in 1782 and held some of the most infamous criminals of the time, including swaggering train robber Butch Cassidy. The park is coated west of downtown area. Visitors to the site can also visit the Broom Factory where much of the prison labor was carried out, the warden's restored house, and true to life sprawling homestead cabin.
The Albany Lodge offers a restaurant that welcomes you to come and enjoy breakfast in their country cafe' by grabbing a grilled sandwich or a sack lunch. In the evening treat yourself to their wide selection of full course meals. Albany Lodge also offers snowmobiles, Jeep 4x4, and ATV rentals for Full day or Half day rides. Snowmobilers will enjoy the snowy range finest snowmobiling areas in the world. There are over 225 miles of groomed trails, and thousands of acres of open meadows. No area can boast more consistent powder. ATV's have hundreds of miles of trails for beginners to advanced riders. Riders can view the North Platte River, deep canyons, mountain creeks, alpine meadows and high peaks. Back country tours for viewing wildlife, old gold mines and buildings and fall colors are available by reservation. While Jeep 4x4 are great way to experience the mountain roads and wildlife or go sightseeing over the Snowy Range's scenic by-way 130. You can keep the top up or down and you will never get lost with their GPS. This could be the family time you'll never forget. Albany Lodge is located 32 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming.
Glen "Red" Jacoby Golf Club, is a Public, 18 hole golf course.Bearing the name of legendary University of Wyoming Athletics Director Glenn "Red" Jacoby $1946-73$, the Jacoby Golf Course is located at the east side of the UW campus in Laramie. Jacoby Golf Course is one of the unique public courses in the nation. It is located 7,220 feet above sea level and measures 6,855 yards to play. Home to the UW Men's and Women's golf teams, Jacoby Golf Course is maintained by the University of Wyoming Physical Plant.
Ice and Event Center
The Laramie Community Ice and Event Center offers a wide variety of ice activities, such as:
Additionally, during the off season (April to September) the Ice and Event Center is available for non-ice rentals for your receptions, graduation parties, weddings, and conventions.
University Art Museum
The Art Museum features a permanent collection of more than 7,000 pieces of regional, national, and international art, including impressive examples of Native American miniature paintings and 19th-century Japanese prints. The museum in located in the Centennial Complex, on the University of Wyoming campus. The building, designed by internationally reopened architect Antoine Predock, is built to represent a tiny village, poised on the edge of beautiful, steel man made mesa.
The museum is able to open because the UW Foundation provided funding for a part-time security guard to ensure the safety of the collection. UW President Tom Buchanan has thanked the Foundation for its support in securing funding to make the collections accessible for public viewing.
Snowy Range is nestled in the stunningly beautiful Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. This pristine setting is the perfect backdrop for a winter break.The four chairlifts-Sundance, Virginian, Pioneer and Chute and our Magic Carpet Surface Lift will move you up the mountain quickly and keep you skiing instead of standing.Beginner, intermediate, expert. Regardless of your personal level of proficiency, you’ll find the perfect ski or snowboard run, whether it’s a downhill screamer or a casual glide through tree-lined forests. Our 27 trails serve all skiing abilities from beginner to expert: 7 beginner trails, 12 intermediate trails, 8 expert trails.
We have two great lakes, Rob Roy Reservoir and Lake Owen, just minutes away.
The Lincoln Monument
Located on the I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne, it was commissioned by the state of Wyoming in 1959 to honor the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, and placed here in 1969 when I-80 was completer. It marks the highest point of the old Lincoln Highway (now I-80) from coast to coast -- about 8,640 ft. above sea level. The bronze head, sculpted by Robert Russin, is 12 1/2 feet high, though its 30-ft. tall granite pedestal assures that it can be seen from quite distance.
Situated in the Laramie Range of Southeastern Wyoming, this course covers some of the best mountain bike trails in the region. The course is a fast and extremely fun loop, covering no ground twice. It includes virtually every kind of trail and surface a mountain biker is likely to encounter in the Rockies, from wildlife trails to single track to dirt roads. It is equally well suited for geared bikes and single speeds.
Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest
The Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest is nearly three million acres in size, and encompasses the town of Medicine Bow as well as Laramie, Gore and Flat Tops Mountain Range. The area sprawls from north-central Colorado into central Wyoming. A popular area of the national forest is the Thunder Basin Grassland, beautiful arid grassland that affords plenty of opportunities for sight-seeing, hiking, hunting and fishing.
Historic Downtown Laramie
The Union Pacific Railroad is credited for the development of Laramie. On May 9, 1868 the Union Pacific completed the track to Laramie and sold 400 town lots, but industrialists like Edward Ivinson and Henry Wagner had already staked out their claims and started businesses before the official land sales. Within two weeks 500 buildings were erected. As Laramie began to develop its permanence, the Union Pacific constructed a round house, machine shop, rolling mills, iron foundry,Historic Laramieblacksmith shop, stockyards, tie treating plant and hospital. The railroad was the largest employer in the town and continued to be so until after WWII. In addition to the businesses started by the Union Pacific, many local industries began, but they all failed economically.
The town started out lawless. The first Mayor, M.C. Brown, resigned in July 1868 after only three weeks because he believed the town was ungovernable. Brothels, saloons and gambling establishments were very popular and in the summer of 1868 shootings and murders were common occurrences. In October of 1868 a group decided to clean up Laramie. They struck all of the saloons, gambling and dance halls and brothels rounding up unsavory characters. They ended up hanging four men and put many others on train cars and sent them west. Although there was still not an organized government the town progressed with the help of the Union Pacific and the shops it had established. After much labor, in January 1874 the first legal town government was established.
In 1948 the town experienced a large blow when the largest fire in Laramie’s history broke out in the Holiday building. The Laramie fire department did not have theHistoric Laramieresources to put out the fire and they had to request help from departments in Cheyenne and Fort Collins. When the fire was finally extinguished, seven buildings and 29 had been destroyed or damaged. Throughout the years Laramie’s downtown has continued to flourish and change with time, but it has tried to keep its unique history.