Vedauwoo

Laramie, Wyoming

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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.

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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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Laramie
Distance: 0.75
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
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Local Contacts: Medicine Bow National Forest, Laramie Ranger District (307) 745-8971
Local Maps: Medicine Bow National Forest Laramie / Hayden visitor map; USGS: Sherman Mountains West
Driving Directions: Directions to Vedauwoo

Recent Trail Reviews

8/8/2008
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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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