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Top 10 Things to Do in Laramie

A beautiful mural is pictured on the side of a building in downtown Laramie.
Public art is abundant in Downtown Laramie with various murals adorning the sides of historic buildings.

One of my favorite parts of being a college student in Laramie is how much there is to do. Don’t be deceived by the small-town feel, there is so much going on here! As one of the top-rated outdoor schools in the U.S., we have no shortage of things to keep you busy and entertained between classes. We’re only minutes from the mountains, but if that’s not your thing, our local restaurants and shops rival large cities, and our community takes a lot of pride in making sure college students are taken care of.

Here is my top 10 list of things to do while you’re attending school at University of Wyoming. Be sure to check out our Instagram page at @uofwyoming for more fun ideas to help make the most of your college experience!

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1. Vedauwoo Recreation Area

Just a short 25-minute drive from Laramie, Vedauwoo Recreation Area offers incredible views of gravity-defying rock formations and some of the best rock climbing in the U.S. Along with several hiking trails, fishing holes, and camping and picnic sites, Vedauwoo tops our list of best things to do in Laramie. Click here for more information.

 Female student hiking Vedawoo


2. Explore Downtown Laramie

The countless attractions of downtown Laramie come in second on our list. Between the diverse selection of restaurants, the mom-and-pop shops, and the visual attractions, downtown Laramie offers plenty of fun for everyone. One of our favorite parts of downtown is the Laramie Mural Project. Check out more details here.

Students posing in front of mural in downtown Laramie


3. Medicine Bow Peak

These breathtaking views of Medicine Bow Peak speak for themselves. About a 45-minute drive from Laramie, MedBow Peak is the highest peak in the Snowy Range (12,018 ft). You can hike to the top by following this trail.

 Male student hiking


4. Mirror Lake

Sitting at the base of Medicine Bow Peak is the beautiful (and properly-named) Mirror Lake. Whether you’re here to fish, hike, camp, or just spend the day picnicking, you’ll be more than impressed with the views of this gorgeous mountain lake. Click here for more information.

 Photograph of lake in Medicine Bow Peak


5. Curt Gowdy State Park

Thirty minutes east of Laramie sits Curt Gowdy State Park, a public recreation area that features an extensive trail system, two fishing reservoirs, and hidden waterfalls. There’s so much to explore here that you may need to take advantage of one of the 101 overnight camping sights. Click here for more information.

 Female student enjoying outdoors in hammock


6. Greenbelt Trail

If you’re looking for some nature within Laramie city-limits, then you’ll love the Greenbelt Trail system. Spanning over 6 miles, the Greenbelt Trail is a paved walkway that runs along the Laramie River. Be sure to keep an eye out for deer, beavers, chorus frogs, herons, red-winged blackbirds, hawks, brown trout, minnows, dragonflies, and butterflies. Find more information about the trail here.

People running on trail with two dogs
Photo courtesy City of Laramie


7. Happy Jack Recreation Area

Not far from Curt Gowdy State Park is Happy Jack Recreation Area. Happy Jack is home to several trails that are great for hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and most notably, mountain biking. Trails range from .4 miles to 3 miles long. Happy Jack also offers campsites for those looking to extend their outing. Click here for more information.

 Male biking in snow


8. Plains Lakes

Thirty minutes west of Laramie is a collection of four alkaline impoundments that serve as the home for lake trout, rainbow trout, and red ‘kype’ trout. The main food sources for trout in these lakes are scuds, caddis, damselflies, dragonflies, callibaetis, and chironomids. Click here for more information.

Male pictured with fish outside lake
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9. Snowy Range Ski Area

Tired of crowds at big ski hills? Looks no further than Snow Range Ski Area. Tucked up in the Medicine Bow National Forest, this ski area offers dozens of run, excellent snow and short lift lines for skiers and snowboarders. Snowy Range also offers students at University of Wyoming (valid student ID required) discounted season pass tickets. Check them out here.

Ski first aid person pictured with skis  


10. Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout

This 75-minute drive from Laramie is well worth the views. This retired fire look-out tower (and hidden gem) is available to rent during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Reserve your spot here.

Image of Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout
Courtesy US Department of Agriculture

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