Laramie, Wyoming's Outlaws and Dinosaurs

Founded in the mid-1860s as a lawless tent city, Laramie has been home to dinosaurs, Native Americans, railroad crews, outlaws and outdoor enthusiasts.
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Laramie's Top 11 Things to Do

Culture and Arts

1. University of Wyoming Anthropology Museum

The woolly mammoth exhibit at the University of Wyoming Anthropology Museum. Photo by Mike Gray courtesy of Laramie

See bones from a woolly mammoth, a replica of the famous Lucy skeleton, as well as an exhibit tracing the evolution of humans from Africa to the rest of the globe.

2. University of Wyoming Art Museum

The University of Wyoming Art Museum. BHP Photo courtesy of Laramie

Home to a fascinating collection of works by Albert Bierstadt, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, this award-winning museum is free and open to the public.

3. Coal Creek Tap

Get a taste of Laramie’s former Wild West days when you sip the award-winning Bucket of Blood double red IPA. It’s named after Laramie’s first bar, Bucket of Blood, run by three thieves who were half brothers. For a lighter drink, try Laradise, an extra pale ale celebrating Laramie in the summer.

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4. Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary

Just 35 miles west of Laramie is the Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary. It’s home to 300 wild Wyoming mustangs that roam on 4,700 acres. Visits by appointment only at 307-399-9956.

5. Louisa Swain Statue

Statue of Louisa Swain, the first woman to vote in the United States. Photo by the Library of Congress

In 1870, Louisa Swain became the first woman in America to vote. Fact: Wyoming gave women the right to vote 50 years before the rest of the country.

6. Wyoming Territorial Prison Historic Site

Wyoming Territorial Prison. ACTB Photo courtesy of Laramie

Built in 1872, this building houses exhibits on Butch Cassidy and others. Don’t miss the broom factory to learn how brooms are made by hand.

7. The Legends of Laramie

Use your smart phone to get interactive history lessons on Laramie. There are 15 experiences that lead you around town. Or see all 15 experiences at

8. University of Wyoming Geology Museum

See dinosaurs up-close, including a former Laramie resident, the 75-foot-long Apatosaurus that ate 1 ton of vegetation daily and weighed 25 tons. Disney-Pixar’s 2015 The Good Dinosaur featured an Apatosaurus named Arlo.


9. Happy Jack

Home to three campgrounds, there are short trails to explore by foot, bike or cross-country skis.

10. Vedauvoo Recreation Area

Vedauwoo Recreation Area. BHP Photo courtesy of Laramie

Camp, bike, hike and climb on the spectacular granite rock formations here. Pronounced “veee-da-voo,” this area is referred to by the Arapaho Indians as “Land of the Earthborn Spirit.”

11. Snowy Range Scenic Byway

Constructed as a wagon road in the 1870s, this stunning road takes you past glacial lakes, granite peaks, gorgeous meadows and over the second-highest mountain pass in Wyoming; closed mid-November to Memorial Day weekend.

For more information:
210 E. Custer Street, Laramie, WY 82070
(800) 445-5303