Top 5 Hidden Gems Things to do in Laramie, Wyoming (WY)

June 12, 2021 Brandee Mangan

Formerly a lawless frontier town, known for wild saloons and vigilante justice, Laramie is now a quiet college town, popular with outdoor enthusiasts as well as history buffs. Over twenty sites in and around Laramie are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Wyoming Territorial Prison, which once held Butch Cassidy. The town is conveniently located between the Laramie Range and the Medicine Bow Mountains, making the area a paradise for mountain bikers, climbers and campers.
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1. Medicine Bow National Forest

2468 Jackson St, Laramie, WY 82070-6535 +1 307-745-2300 http://www.fs.usda.gov/mbr
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5.0 based on 338 reviews

Medicine Bow National Forest

Range of mountains close to Laramie which offer a wide variety of outdoor sports.

Reviewed By DillonM1905 - Eldersburg, United States

Less than an hour from Laramie, the national forest is a must see for hikers and other outdoors lovers. We took the loop trail to Medicine Bow Peak (clockwise) and it was fantastic; the views were amazing and the hike was a challenge. We were happy we brought our poles for crossing a large snowfield and coming down the steep trail near the peak. Get early for parking in summer as the lot filled up quick, as did parts of the trail.

2. E & H Guide Service

80 French Creek Rd, Laramie, WY 82070-9718 +1 307-399-0236 [email protected] http://www.ehguideservice.com/
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5.0 based on 32 reviews

E & H Guide Service

Private horse back rides on a working cattle ranch in the Centennial Valley of Wyoming. Activities, 2hr ranch ride through the mountain pasture or Moving of cattle in a management Intensive grazing system.

Reviewed By ifrosch - Denver, United States

A wonderful experience out on the range. Even as an inexperienced rider, I felt welcome and right at home within 5 minutes. We did the cattle drive to make sure we had the true cowboy experience. It was worth the time and some great conversation and horse riding. The whole staff was welcoming, friendly and encouraging. Highly recommended for a morning or afternoon escape from the hustle and bustle of the times.

3. Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary

599 State Highway 11, Laramie, WY 82070-9720 +1 307-399-9956 [email protected] http://www.deerwoodranchwildhorseecosanctuary.com/Welcome.html
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Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary

Reviewed By paul1962964 - Hackettstown, United States

The ranch was easy to find and our guide/host Jana was a jem. My friend who is a professional horse photographer and I spent the afternoon/early evening capturing the horses in all their splendor. The variety of horse types/coats made for interesting compositions. Jana was so accomdating and helpful spotting groups or individual horses, as well as moving us around the ranch to take advantage of the light as it changed thru the time we were there. The highlight of the visit was seeing the herd spontaneously run from one portion of the ranch to the other past us. Jana mentioned that it was rare to experience this occurrence and we cherished the experience. The visit was truly the highlight of our trip out west to photograph wild horses.

4. Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site

975 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie, WY 82070-6719 +1 307-745-3733 http://www.wyomingterritorialprison.com/
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Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site

The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site has an incredibly rich history. Run as a federal (territorial) and state prison from 1872 to 1903, it then became the Agricultural Experiment Station for the University of Wyoming after the State Prison relocated to Rawlins. The site is now operated as a Historic Site by the State of Wyoming.

Reviewed By K3064XXpaull - Lincoln Park, United States

We were on our driving vacation out west and saw the sign, thought we would stop. Am I glad we did!! What a wonderful museum and historical site to visit. We did the self guided tour, so we were free to roam at our own pace, and it was fascinating. Everything is well maintained, the staff was super friendly. And the gift shop was very nice, not just your usual stuff, but some truly interesting items. If you are in the area, don't miss this gem.

5. Vedauwoo

Laramie, WY +1 307-745-2300 http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbr/recreation/recarea/?recid=22872&actid=31
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4.5 based on 310 reviews

Vedauwoo

Reviewed By Curly_in_Colorado - Edwards, United States

Very scenic park with hiking trails that are easy to moderate. There is a campground. Trails are very well marked. Turtle rock trail is a three mile loop with beautiful rock formations to view throughout the hike

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