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30 Things to Do

April 17, 2020
people snowshoeing

Discover fun things to do in and around Laramie in any weather. 


  1. Go downhill skiing or snowboarding at Snowy Range Ski Area, just a 40-minute drive from Laramie.
  2. Enjoy epic cross-country skiing at Happy Jack Recreation Area, where you’ll find miles of groomed trails just 15 minutes from town.
  3. Try snowshoeing at Happy Jack or in the Snowy Range.
  4. Rev up your engine with some snowmobiling in the local mountains. If you don’t own your own, you can rent one from a local lodge or outfitter.
  5. Ice skate with friends at the Laramie Ice and Event Center.

Need to rent skis or snowshoes or want a guided outing? Visit UW’s Outdoor Program in Half Acre Gym, or check out


Warm Weather

  1. Take a hike or mountain bike at Vedauwoo or in the Snowy Range.
  2. Bike or walk along the Laramie River or the Pilot Hill trails.
  3. Fish the local rivers and lakes.
  4. Go camping at Vedauwoo or in the Snowy Range/Medicine Bow National Forest, where you’ll find numerous campsites and lakes.
  5. Enjoy a picnic on Prexy’s Pasture or at one of Laramie’s many parks.
  6. Shop local at the farmers markets—Undine Park on Thursdays and downtown on Fridays from June to September.
  7. Hear live music in the great outdoors every summer at the downtown farmers market, UW’s Simpson Plaza or Washington Park’s band shell.
  8. Watch rodeos, ride carnival rides and dance to the bands during July’s Laramie Jubilee Days.
  9. See movies under the stars at War Memorial Stadium each summer.
  10. Visit Curt Gowdy State Park, just 30 minutes from Laramie, where you can fish, paddleboard, hike, mountain bike or camp.
  11. Take a self-guided tour of Laramie’s numerous downtown murals (
  12. Zip around on roller skates at the Ice and Events Center.



people at an outdoor night gathering
  1. Try one of UW’s 250-plus recognized student organizations (RSOs), where you’ll find everything from swing dancing to anime and everything in between (
  2. Take a group fitness class, shoot hoops, swim or lift weights at the state-of-the-art Half Acre Gym.
  3. Join one of UW’s numerous intramural teams or club teams (
  4. Walk downtown and browse the many local shops and boutiques.
  5. Dine at one of Laramie’s 85 restaurants.
  6. Study at one of many local coffee shops, or visit area breweries.
  7. Find volunteer opportunities via UW’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (, or volunteer in the community with various organizations such as the Laramie Animal Shelter, Laramie Animal Welfare Society, Laramie Soup Kitchen, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and more.
  8. Catch live music on campus or at area restaurants, bars and coffee houses.
  9. Go to the movies—Laramie is home to two theaters that show all the box-office hits.
  10. Velcro on those bowling shoes at Laramie Lanes.
  11. Partake in some culture via theater, dance or visiting acts on campus (see, or visit the UW Art Museum, UW Geological Museum, American Heritage Center, UW Planetarium, Laramie Plains Museum or Wyoming Territorial Prison (
  12. Road trip to Cheyenne, Fort Collins or Denver.
  13. Watch Division 1 basketball, football, volleyball, wrestling and more (


Where’s Your Favorite Spot on Campus?

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“Prexy’s in the summer—hands down!” –Alma

“The Berry Center is so relaxed, and you feel very in-tune with nature in it, and the STEM Building is the best place to just pound out some studying.” –Jordan

“My favorite place to hang out on campus is the library. I am a history buff, so I love being surrounded by history. It is also a great, quiet place to get homework done.” –Hailey M.

“My favorite spots on campus are the College of Business atrium where I do a lot of homework and Coe Library where I can go to tutoring and study, and my favorite place to explore is the visual arts building because they are constantly putting up new pieces.” –Kyra

“On campus, I have a couple secret studying spots, but the new Engineering Education and Research Building is one of my new favorites. It is brand new and so beautiful.” –Sydney

“You’ll often find me studying in a quiet corner of Coe Library or on the second floor of the Animal Science Building.” –Hailey T.

“I like to hang out in the coffee shops, in the library or in the common areas on the residence hall floors. You can make a lot of friends that way.” –Sadie

“My favorite place to hang out on campus is Simpson Plaza. It’s always a hub for people. I run into lots of my friends, and there are usually events taking place. The surrounding aspens are also super neat when they change color.” –Paige

“My favorite place on campus is the Book and Bean in the library. It’s always nice to have some coffee when studying, and this is usually the place

I go.” –Joseph

“The library is the perfect spot to be when you need a quiet and calm environment to get homework done. The STEM Building has so much natural light—it is almost like being outside when you have to write your third lab report of the week. The Union is perfect for being right in the hustle and bustle of campus during those odd times between classes.” –Katie

“My favorite place on campus is easily Half Acre Gym. It is the perfect place to work off stress from class and work.” –Danielle

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