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Wondering about Laramie, Wyoming?

The Heart of the Mountain West

Native American peoples inhabited and visited the landscape encompassed within Wyoming for centuries prior to the founding of the University of Wyoming (UW) in 1886 and we would like to acknowledge the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Crow, Lakota, Shoshone and Ute, on whose land we stand today.

The Laramie settlement was founded in 1868, as a stop on the Union Pacific Railroad. What started as a lawless Old West type of town named after a French fur trapper that disappeared in the mountains, it is now the home of numerous sites included in the National Register of Historic Places. UW was founded in 1886, before the territory of Wyoming became a state in 1890.

Wyoming is known as the Equality State, allowing women to legally vote and hold office in 1869, before it was officially a state. Laramie is known as the Gem City of the Plains, or "Laradise," and is located in Albany County in the state of Wyoming. 


QUICK FACTS About Laramie

icon of trees and mountains with text 7,220 feet of elevation

High Altitude

Laramie is nestled on a high plain between two mountain ranges; the terrain is the perfect playground for adventure-seekers! If you are not used to high altitudes, it can take some adjustment to avoid altitude sickness. You'll also need to make adjustments to your baking recipes!

icon of houses with text 31,584 people call Laramie home

City Population

Wyoming is the 10th largest state in the country by area, and also the least populated state. If you enjoy a cozy, college town, then you will love Laramie. If you're looking for a brief change of scenery, Laramie is just 50 miles west of the Wyoming state capital, Cheyenne, and 130 miles north of Denver, Colorado.

icon of a group of people with text 11,100 number of UW students

University Population

Students, faculty and staff at the University of Wyoming come from 52 US states and territories and from 78 country around the world.






The Most Affordable Mountain Town in the West

A place that balances affordability, outdoor activities, great food and culture is not easy to find. Laramie is surrounded by beautiful plains and mountains, providing easy access to mountain biking, rock climbing, winter sports and other outdoor adventures. Downtown Laramie and the central campus of UW offer endless access to culture and events comparable to what you would find in larger college towns, but with a lower than average cost of living. For those looking for even bigger adventure or entertainment events, Laramie's residents can find it only a few hours away.


Outside Magazine calls Laramie, Wyoming "a combination of adventure, culture, and affordability."




A decorative icon showing silhouettes of old west style buildings in downtown Laramie using the UW colors of gold and brown.

One of the best downtowns in the country.


Named one of the nation's top 3 main streets in 2022 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA), Laramie has something for everyone! Laramie is known for quaint, small town vibes, while still offering diverse options for many lifestyles. Looking for a unique or artisinal gift or a new pair of cowboy boots? Want to relax for an hour in a local cafe or have a week filled with international cuisines? Then visit downtown Laramie! 




Shop & Eat Local!

Laramie has numerous shops and restaurants offering items made by local artisans. As one of the best main streets in the country, downtown is filled with public art and local businesses.

Support Laramie businesses and the local economy!

People enjoying downtown Laramie


Travel Through Time and Space

You don't have to live in a big city to have access to the world. The University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts bring artists from around the world to Laramie. The event venues at the Laramie Plains Civic Center also host a variety of arts and entertainment. If you want to watch a laser show, view the stars and planets or see some dinosaur bones, then Laramie has those, too! Laramie is also home to numerous sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

World-class museums with easy access to science, history and culture.

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getting around Laramie

Make Transportation Easy

Laramie is easily navigable in comparison to many larger cities. Having your own vehicle is useful if you want to travel outside Laramie, but if you're staying mostly in town it isn't entirely necessary. Many of Laramie's citizens find that they prefer to travel by bicycle around town. There are paratransit services available. Another option is the SafeRide on-call public transportation services which are fare free and open to the public. The University of Wyoming Transit & Parking Services provide a variety of shuttle bus options to get around campus and across all parts of Laramie. 


There are numerous transportation options available in Laramie!

a University of Wyoming campus shuttle bus

Getting to Laramie

Options for travel into Laramie

If you don't have your own vehicle, the most direct route to get to Laramie is to fly in to Laramie Regional Airport. A flight from Denver International Airport to Laramie takes around 40 minutes and the Laramie Regional Airport is approximately 6 miles or 10 km from the UW campus. After arriving at the Laramie Regional Airport, you can have a friend drive you to campus, or contact other alternative tranportation options like one of the local taxi services or use UW's SafeRide service. 

If you have time for a more scenic route to Laramie, another popular option when traveling to Laramie from Denver International Airport is to use the Groome Transportation shuttle. This reasonably priced shuttle transportation service is available to stop at Denver International Airport, Fort Collins, Cheyenne, and Laramie locations. You can schedule a stop in Laramie at UW's Washakie Dining Center, Laramie Regional Airport, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, or other specific addresses in town.

Travel to Laramie with a shuttle van or flight.

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Get Outside!


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The breathtaking landscape that surrounds Laramie provides endless outdoor activities for any adventurer. Whether you are interested in hiking, mountain climbing, camping or skiing, there is no shortage of amusements. Even if you're not an outdoorsy athlete, there are endless activities for any nature lover. The summers in Laramie bring farmer's markets, Jubilee Days celebrations and verdant green spaces to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air in any of Laramie's many parks. You can lend a hand at the community gardens. For those interested in the local wildlife, you will want to participate in the UW Biodiversity Institute's Moose Day, Salamander Migration or Christmas Bird Count.





Find Adventure at UW 


UW is ranked 3rd for the best outdoor schools in the nation. With outstanding courses, clubs and campus resources based around making the most of this beautiful landscape, UW is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Find adventure all year round at UW and be sure to take advantage of all the area has to offer during your next visit!

UW Outdoor Program



Laramie's longest season is winter, with an average of 48 inches of snowfall annually. Even with all that snow, Laramie still averages 233 sunny days per year. The summers in Laramie are known for warm days with cool evenings. With low light-pollution and so few cloudy nights, Laramie skies are perfect for viewing the Perseid meteor shower every summer!









Vedauwoo — Towering rock formations shooting up to 500 feet in the air. The enormous Sherman granite rocks are over 1.4 billion years old.

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Contact Us

University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-1121