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The Snowy Range Scenic Byway, Wyoming Highway 130, traverses the Medicine Bow Mountains for 29 miles. This portion of Highway 130 leads from the town of Centennial, 27 miles west of Laramie, to the Upper North Platte River Valley. Begun in 1920, it took 6 years to complete and was called the "Great Skyroad".

This route is a popular recreation attraction, with many picnic, camping, observation and interpretive facilities. Excellent, well-marked hiking and backpacking trails traverse the area. Medicine Bow Peak, at 12, 013 feet, the highest point on the Medicine Bow Forest, is immediately adjacent to the Byway. The trailhead for Medicine Bow Peak is immediately adjacent to the byway at Lake Marie. The pristine high lakes and streams in the Snowy Range are perfect for trout fishing and a day out with the family. Mountain biking, boating and horseback riding are other summer activities in the area. A self-guided tour is available at the Ryan Park Campground which was the site of a WWII Prisoner of War camp.

The Libby Flats Observation Point, at the top of 10,847 foot Snowy Range Pass, provides a wide vista of the surrounding mountain ranges. The mountain ranges of Colorado can be seen. Parts of the byway pass through Krummholz vegetation associated with the alpine zone which is encountered in this area. A beautiful array of wildflowers can be seen from early June through July. A trip along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway is a must when you visit southeastern Wyoming.

From Laramie to the top of Snowy Range is 40 miles and takes one hour to drive. From Laramie to Saratoga is 72 miles and takes about two hours to drive. By continuing north through Saratoga to I-80 at Walcott, travelers can loop back to Laramie. Or, take the southern route to Laramie on Highway 230 past Encampment, Foxpark, and Woods Landing.

The Snowy Range Scenic Byway is closed to vehicle traffic due to deep snow during the winter months, but is open to snowmobiling and cross country skiing. See our description of the Snowy Range Snowmobile Trail and the Medicine Bow Cross-Country Ski Trails for more winter recreation information.

Distance: 29 Miles

Directions: From Rawlins, Travel east on I-80 to Walcott and Wyoming Highway 130 (exit 235). Follow Highway 130 southwest past Saratoga. Wyoming Highway 130 becomes the Snowy Range Scenic Byway. The actual "scenic byway" portion of the highway includes the 29 miles which lead through the Medicine Bow National Forest. From the Saratoga end, the byway begins at the National Forest boundary about 20 miles east of Saratoga and ends about 30 miles west of Laramie.

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Medicine Bow National Forest

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Telephone Number: 307-745-2300
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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