Put your boots on and saddle up your trusty four-wheeled steed to enjoy a jaunt through the old west in Southeast Wyoming. Pumpkin Vine Road meanders through the high prairies south of Laramie Wyoming. This easy gravel road is a great alternative to the other asphalt routes when travelling to the Vedauwoo Recreation Area between Laramie and Cheyenne. Don't forget to stop and see the Ames Monument, a large pyramid listed on the National Register of Historic Places and maintained as a State of Wyoming historic site.
Take US Highway 287 south 21 miles from Laramie. The trailhead heads off to the left (east) and is well marked.
From Fort Collins, Colorado: Take US Highway 287 north towards Laramie Wyoming. Pumpkin Vine Road is 4.9 miles north of Colorado / Wyoming State line on Highway 287 and is on your right (east).
Ran this in my buddy's Liberty, it was an absolutely beautiful trail with lots of wildlife, mainly antelope and rabbits, and is pretty well maintained. It also has the most famous photo spot North of Fort Collins, you owe it to yourself to get a photo of your rig here!
Enjoyable trail - we had the trail to ourselves (saw 1 motorbike heading the other direction) and saw quite a bit of wildlife - antelope and 2 larger deer(?).
Near the RR culvert we also noticed what looks to be a mine entry (behind a fence so we just viewed it from afar).
Well maintained trail -- a good starting place for the day as it ends right at Vedauwoo Road.
Any 2WD vehicle can do this. There are some nice sights along this trail and many antelope to be seen. The highlight for me was the RR culvert. By chance, a Northbound UP train went by as I was chiilling near the culvert. Not many potholes or washboards to report of. Albany County does a great job on this road. There are tons of blind curves and hills along this route.
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well.
A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg