Enjoying All the Rockie Mountains Have to Offer

We guarantee if you get outside this summer to hike you'll be as happy as Happy Jack was!

Well the moment is finally here, my number one thing to do in Laramie and Wyoming in general during the summer, go to the mountains! I have always been a fan of the mountains; hiking, biking, fishing and camping, and spending time in Laramie during the summer allows one to do all of those things

Looking back on my college trips during High School it is clear to me that deep down I picked Laramie and UW because of the outdoors, I mean the other school I was looking at was University of Nebraska – Lincoln, not too much to do out doors there. So when deciding to go to school at UW the drive along I-80 and 287 might have had some major influence on my decision to attend UW.  So enough about my reminiscence, let’s get down to business.

Like I mentioned in my introduction blog, Laramie is in a prime location for a day, weekend or week long outdoor adventure. Being less than an hour from a few of the greatest wilderness areas the Rocky Mountain Region has to offer makes spending time in Laramie wonderful. Say you get done with that pesky class a bit early one day and you need to just get away, jump in your car and drive 10 minutes east to Happy Jack Road and the Lincoln Monument and you can find some great hiking trails to get “lost” along and clear your mind, forgetting about that boring, way too long of a class.

Are you new to the whole hiking thing? Need to know where to go or what gear to bring? Well you are in luck, not only is Laramie close to all of these great outdoor areas, but the city is aware of it and can offer you anything you will need for a day hike to a week-long adventure. Head over to theStateGeologicalSurvey building on campus, located between the Geology and Engineering buildings and pick up some maps or you can go to theUSDAForestServiceRangerStation on Snowy Range Road to get some local maps for your trip. For more information about Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest visit thislink brought to you by USDA Forest Service.

So now you have a few maps, what about that all important gear? Well again Laramie supports the outdoors and you have lots of options for getting the things you need. If you do not want to buy anything right now, the Outdoor Adventure Program has lots of great gear for rent. Head over to thiswebsite, for more information about renting gear from the Outdoor program and get everything you need for that day trip or week long backpacking adventure. Now if you want to buy gear there are many places in Laramie that can help you get everything you need. For your all important footwear, head over toDoddsShoeCo located downtown on 2nd street for their great selection of hiking shoes and boots. If you are looking for a tent, sleeping bag/pad, backpack or other gear,CrossCountryConnection located downtown has a great selection and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful and will make sure you are well prepared for your trip. You can also go to Atmospheric Mountainworks also located downtown,WestLaramieFlyStore or High Country Sportsman both located on Snow Range Road, or Kmart and Wal-Mart for other important outdoor gear. If you have some time and want to make a trip over to Cheyenne,SierraTradingPost has a great selection of gear and most everything is on sale for great prices.

So now that you have the maps and the gear you are all set to go out and have a good time in the mountains, camping, hiking, fishing and just having a good time with your friends or family.

By-

Branden Hayes Senior at UW - Energy Resource Science. From Pueblo, CO

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