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.
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.
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The MVUM map published for this area is out-of-date.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.
Ran this road today, scoping out a camp site for the weekend. There are literally dozens of spurs off of FR 700 before you hit Road 210. Some spurs are short, some are long and nearly all of them provided some fun puddles and mud holes to go through. The road was butter smooth and had barely any washboards. Any car can easily do this. Camping allowed only in designated spots with USFS markers.
The Pole Mountain Forest Service area is finally fully open. The snow is nearly gone with only a patch or two left in the trees. The road was in great shape and there were many visitors enjoying the wonders of Wyoming. The weather remains a bit on the cool side as daytime highs on this trip hovered just under 50 degrees. Brrr. Still better than being cooped up at home.
It is the off-season for Vedauwoo Road and the route is closed until mid-May. I took the opportunity to visit the US Forest Service office located in Laramie, Wyoming to talk about recent changes in the Pole Mountain District. The roads in the Pole Mountain District, including Vedauwoo Road, have recently been subject to a new travel management plan. Some changes include new seasonal dates, camping restrictions and some permanently roads closed. Vedauwoo Road remains open (with seasonal restrictions) and popular.
If you collect the Forest Service MVUM maps, a new map has been published for this area and reflects the new management travel plan for Pole Mountain District. Make sure you get the map published in 2018. You can count on TrailsOffRoad.com to keep information up-to-date when changes are made to Forest Service Roads.
The winter time can be a bit of a tenuous time to ride the trails in Southern Wyoming because of the wind and snow. We knew that snow drifts along Vedauwoo Road were possible this mid-December week. Although most of the terrrain was clear of snow, several large drifts crossed the road in 6-8 locations to create some obstacles worthy of testing your off-road ride. The route remains open for now, but additional snow forecasted around the Christmas week could change conditions. When in this area, please remain on the road and do not create your own path around the snow obstacles. Please Stay-the-Trail. Happy Wheeling
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