Laramie Travel & Attractions
Laramie combines the quiet appeal of a small prairie city with the sophistication and character of a major university town. It’s located roughly 7,200 feet above sea level in the southeast corner of Wyoming, at the base of the majestic Snowy Range Mountains, and is about a two-hour drive from Denver. Laramie is home to the University of Wyoming, a nationally recognized college with superior academics and a strong commitment to the environment.
With its plethora of outdoor activities and ease of travel, Laramie and the surrounding area is a paradise for those looking to explore nature – whether by hiking and camping among the fascinating rock formations of Vedauwoo, or skiing and snowboarding at the Snowy Range Ski Area. History buffs will enjoy touring the fascinating Wyoming Territorial Prison, or wandering through the Laramie Plains Museum at the Ivinson Mansion. And for those looking to pick up a souvenir of their time in Laramie, the historic downtown area of the city offers a wide range of shops to peruse.
If you have any questions about Laramie travel, or would like more information about local events taking place in the city, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of the staff here at the University of Wyoming Conference Center. You may also contact the Laramie Area Visitors Center at 1-800-445-5305.
In the meantime, view our list of local attractions below to get started on your Laramie adventure.
Sports and Recreation
- Biking – Explore the great outdoors and the beautiful surroundings of this area at Vedauwoo (15 miles east) or in the pristine Snowy Range Mountains (35 miles west). Road biking enthusiasts should make the journey from Laramie to Centennial (30 miles).
- Fishing – There are wonderful fishing areas located in the Snowy Mountain Range.
- Hiking/Climbing – Explore Vedauwoo (15 miles east) or the Snowy Range Mountains (35 miles west).
- Snowy Range Ski Area (35 miles) – Located a short drive from Laramie, this ski area provides a family-friendly area for skiers of all ability levels.
- Snowmobiling (35 miles) – The Snowy Range Mountain is known for its trails and unique snowmobiling opportunities.
- Jacoby Golf Course (.86 miles) – Named after the legendary University of Wyoming Athletics Director, Glenn “Red” Jacoby (1946-73), the Jacoby Golf Course is located at the east side of the UW Campus in Laramie. Home to the UW Men’s and Women’s golf teams, Jacoby Golf Course is located 7,220 feet above sea level and measures 6,855 yards to play over 18 holes.
- Laramie Country Club (6.2 miles) – This 9 hole golf course located a short drive from Laramie and features a steak house.
- Laramie Plains Museum at Ivinson Mansion (1.5 miles) – The Laramie Plains Museum is one of the region’s finest historic museums. Thousands of visitors from around the country and world view its collections each year.
- Historic Laramie Union Pacific Train Depot (2 miles) – Opened in 1924, this station served as the stopping point for the Union Pacific Railroad in Laramie.
- Wyoming Territorial Prison and State Historic Site (4 miles) – Walk in the footsteps of Butch Cassidy and tour this historic prison, which offers a self-guided tour.
Festivals and Events
- Laramie Brew Fest (2 miles) – This annual event that takes place on the Saturday of Jubilee Days is one of the Downtown Laramie Business Association’s primary fundraisers and attracts more breweries, more participants, and more sponsors each year.
- Jubilee Days (5 miles) – Laramie Jubilee Days is an annual celebration of Wyoming’s statehood on July 10th. This weeklong event is filled with activities for the entire family: a carnival, street dances and of course rodeos and Bull riding.
- Cheyenne Frontier Days (45 miles) – The world’s largest rodeo has brought enthusiasts from around the world since 1897. The event, which takes place during the last full week of July, features rodeo events, concerts, multiple parades, pancake breakfasts, and much more!
- Snowy Range Music Festival (5 miles) – Held over Labor Day Weekend, this three-day event features two stages and plenty of entertainment.
- University of Wyoming Athletics(.25 miles) – The University of Wyoming competes in the NCAA Division 1-A Mountain West Conference. Visit the site for tickets and information on upcoming games.
- University of Wyoming Department of Theater and Dance & Cultural Programs (.25 miles) – Featuring an outstanding, nationally recognized undergraduate theatre and dance program, the University of Wyoming provides various performances throughout the year. In addition, UW’s Cultural Programs brings in famous artists from around the world to perform here in Laramie. Visit http://www.uwyo.edu/thd/whats-playing/ for more information on upcoming performances.