Laramie's Top 11 Things to Do
Culture and Arts
1. University of Wyoming Anthropology Museum
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
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.
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
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
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 visitlaramie.org/find-adventure/legends-of-laramie-tour/
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
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