Vedauwoo / Turtle Rock Loop

Buford, Colorado 81641

Vedauwoo / Turtle Rock Loop

Vedauwoo / Turtle Rock Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The Vedauwoo (VAY-duh-voo) area,“land of the earth-born spirit” in the Arapaho dialect, is a wonderful array of stunning granite formations that both intrigue the eye and beckon the body to try a bit of rock scrambling. This 7,600- acre oasis sits on the Wyoming high plains at an elevation of 8,000 feet. Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and aspen trees add to Vedauwoo’s natural beauty. The aspen trees offer a golden delight in the early autumn.

The area is home to small mammals, deer, antelope, and domestic cattle. The winds seem to always blow, sculpting the land and giving soaring rides to the native raptors that nest in many hideaways among the rock pinnacles. This is a good destination for all seasons: spring, summer, and fall hiking, rock climbing, and camping—both in established and at primitive sites. In winter, you can enjoy crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing. The dramatic landscape invites the casual and professional photographer in every season, and extraordinary views of granite spires and domes provide unique photo opportunities. Vedauwoo is a favorite destination for rock climbers,who can be seen clinging to the rock like colorful spiders. The Turtle Rock Loop is suitable for families with young children, and there are four restrooms near the trail."

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"The Vedauwoo area (pronounced VAY-da-voo), an Arapaho Indian word meaning “earth born,” has been used through the ages by Indians as a site of ancient religious rites. In more modern times it grew into an area recognized for its challenging rock climbs. Now a picnic area and campground have transformed it into a popular day and overnight recreation site.

Just past the wooden parking barriers and to the left, a nature trail begins ascending up and through the amazing green and pink, lichen-covered rock mountains. Smooth granite boulders display a gamut of shapes and sizes. The trail zigs and zags for about 0.75 mile, ending way too soon at a lofty and picturesque overview of the Crow Creek valley and the jagged Sherman Mountains to the north.

Although a short trail, the opportunity for play and exploration in this area is unlimited. A person can easily log 5 or more miles by simply exploring around the rock bases and by scrambling up any alluring ravines that pleat the rock structures."

Vedauwoo / Turtle Rock Loop Reviews

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8/8/2008
I really wouldn't call this a trail. There is a road that winds all around to a bunch of camp sites and picnic grounds and there is a little ranger station to collect your money. I think the "trail" that it is refering to is basically a short-cut from the parking outside the area (so you don't have to pay to park) to the Turtle Rock Loop trail head. Like the guide says there is a lot of area to explore around the rocks. During warm weather there will be many rock climbers bagging great routes all around the area. Vedauwoo is very close to Laramie and is the closest recreation area of this type to Cheyenne, therefore you can expect to find it full of people. The area adjacent to this hiking area (surrounding to the east and north) is heavily populated by a slightly more motorized group of outdoor enthusiasts (4x4's, dirt bikes, ATV's and people honing their marksmanship skills with firearms). Hike (or run) the Turtle Rock Loop for more excitement or go up the road the Tie City area where fun easy/moderate hiking, mountain biking, trail running, snow shoeing and x-country skiing abound!
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Trail Information

Buford
Nearby City
2.8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Best Spring through Fall
Season
Routt National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS, Sherman Mountains east 7.5 minute USGS, Sherman Mountains west 7.5 minute
Local Maps

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Oct 2018