Vedauwoo Road

Laramie, Wyoming (Albany County)

Last Updated: 01/10/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Highlight: Vedauwoo Road
Vedauwoo Road is an easy back-country road in the Medicine Bow National Forest between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. Native American named, the word Vedauwoo (pronounced Vee-da-voo) means “Land of the earth-born spirits.” The giant rock piles and outcroppings along Vedauwoo Road are Sherman Granite and contain an abundance of feldspar, giving the rock its distinctive pink color. Vedauwoo is popular with rock climbers and offers dozens of climbing routes. Looking closely at the outcroppings, one will likely find technical climbers during a visit. Hiking and camping are both popular activities in this mesmerizing and iconic venue. Once seeing the precariously balanced and oddly placed rocks throughout the vicinity, one will see why Native Americans felt spirits in this unique place.

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1. Vedauwoo Road Trailhead (0 mi)
At the bottom of the interstate exit ramp, cross the cattle guard and this is the trailhead for Vedauwoo Road. The first mile of the road is paved. There is no need to air down for this trip. Although it does not feel like it, you are at about 8,000 feet elevation. Wyoming is known for its windy conditions. During snowy weather, white-out conditions are common in these parts.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Cheyenne, Wyoming

Take I-80 west for 30 miles to Vedauwoo Road, exit 329. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right. Vedauwoo Road begins immediately. From Laramie, Wyoming: Head east on I-80 for 16 miles to exit 329.



Land Use Issues

The MVUM map published for this area is out-of-date. The Laramie Ranger District has recently updated its land use management plan and many of the previously designated road have been closed. Over use, misuse and significant unauthorized off-road travel threatens resource damage. Lastly, the roads in the Medicine Bow National Forest now close on dates different than listed in the published MVUM. Please follow updated restrictions posted in the area. This guide reflects to most recent changes. The USFS Travel Analysis Road Matrix can be found at This report helps explain which roads are recommended for closure.

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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Lower 48

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 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
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