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Laramie and Surroundings

Geographically the ninth largest state with 254,000 square kilometers (98,000 square miles), Wyoming ranks 50th in population with less than one-half a million people. Consequently, it remains largely rural in character. The state's clean air, pure waters, and majestic scenery with more than a dozen major mountain ranges, make it attractive for both residents and tourists. Wyoming boasts Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Devil's Tower. There are also numerous, less known places in the state that offer equally spectacular scenery and provide a natural classroom for geologic study.

Laramie is a pleasant western community of approximately 27,000 situated on the Laramie Plains between the Laramie Mountains and the Medicine Bow Range. Primarily a university town and ranching center, the town was founded in 1868 as the Union Pacific pushed its rails across the continent. Its elevation of 2,200 m (7,200 feet) assures an invigorating climate. It is sunny, dry, and smogless. It possesses the virtues of a small city characterized by a relaxed friendly population, excellent schools, and little congestion or crime. Laramie offers the conveniences of most small university towns. There are numerous parks, a public library, a Civic Center, and an active recreational program available to residents of all ages. There are many restaurants, coffee houses, book stores, theaters, excellent medical facilities and shopping.

The natural unspoiled geography of the northern Rocky Mountains in which Laramie is located provides unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities. Hiking, climbing, camping, fishing, and hunting are superb in the mountains and plains of the region. High country solitude is easily accessible. Unexcelled opportunities for cross-country skiing can be found within a short distance of the city. Downhill skiing is available at the Snowy Range Ski Area 64 km (40 miles) west of Laramie. Major Colorado ski areas nearby have some of the best skiing in the world. 

For those seeking the advantages of a large metropolitan area, Denver is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Laramie. We are served by airlines and bus lines that provide good connections with flights in and out of Denver International Airport.

For a closer look at the community check out the Laramie links provided on the UW Visitors page, Albany County Tourism or the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce website.

Snowshoeing in the Snowy Range.Fly fishing in the lakes around Laramie, Wy.Mountain biking at vedauwoo.Rock climbing at vedauwoo.
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Department of Geology and Geophysics

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307-766-3386

Fax: 307-766-6679


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