Five Reasons Why Turtle Rock Trail is Laramie’s Perfect Getaway
Turtle Rock Trail is an easy, accessible hiking trail loop close to Laramie in Vedauwoo that spans about 3 miles. Here are five reasons why it is the perfect Laramie day getaway.
The park has a $5 per vehicle fee per day or $10 per night if you want to camp.
Leashed pets are allowed at Vedauwoo Recreation Area. Do not be surprised if you see a few doggies running around though.
Close to Laramie
Located in the Medicine Bow National Forest, the Turtle Rock Trail in Veauwoo is only about 20 minutes away from Laramie on I-80. Just take exit 329. This makes is a great day jaunt from Laramie or if one is just traveling to or from Cheyenne. It's easy to grab a to go lunch on the way out of town and just picnic up at the site.
This makes is a great day jaunt from Laramie or Cheyenne. It's easy to grab a to go lunch on the way out of town and just picnic up at the site.
There is a great assortment of wildflowers along the trail to keep the eyes interested. These wildflowers often vary in several colors and types. These are great for identification games.
Like the wild flowers, the wildlife also varies in several types and sizes. There are ground squirrels, deer, pronghorn, snakes, marmots, birds and prairie dogs to keep the camera busy. Be sure to use caution around wildlife as they can be dangerous creatures.
There are several great rock formations to view as you walk along the trail. It is a rock climbers' dream and described as a 'Fat Crack/Odd Width Mecca" by Vedauwoo.org.
The Sherman Granite natural formations are estimated to be over 14 million years in age.
Ease of use
The trail is about 3 miles in circumference. For the most part, you follow a simple path. At one point the trail does go over rock, but as long as you continue along the logical path, you will be right back on the visible trail. Learn about basic safety for the area here.
You can download a University of Wyoming provided trail map.