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Medicine Bow National Forest

Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District- The Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District encompasses 586,000 acres on the west side of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. The District has offices in Encampment and Saratoga.
Douglas Ranger District- The Douglas Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest encompasses much of the Laramie Peak area in east central Wyoming. It stretches from southeast of Casper to west of Wheatland.
Laramie Ranger District- The Laramie Ranger District of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests is located in the scenic Snowy Range and the Medicine Bow Mountains in southeast Wyoming, just a short distance from Laramie.

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Description - The Medicine Bow National Forest encompasses much of the Medicine Bow Mountains, the Snowy Range and the Laramie Mountains. The Forest has several unique rock formations, including Vedauwoo Rocks and Devil's Playground, a jumbled pile of granite boulders. Libby Flats Observation Point offers a vista of the Snowy Range and the Continental Divide. The Snowy Range Scenic Byway threads through the forest, providing access to picnic and camping sites along with many scenic attractions. From the byway, hikers can pick up the trailhead to the highest point on the forest, Medicine Bow Peak, at 12,013 feet. The byway is open from late May through October, weather permitting. The Savage Run, Platte River, Huston Park and Encampment River Wilderness Areas are all located on the Medicine Bow.

Recreation - The Medicine Bow has trails for hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and motorcycling. The Forest offers developed campgrounds and dispersed camping. Cross-country skiers can choose from miles of groomed trails or untracked snow. Fishing and hunting are popular sports on the Forest.

Climate - As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with plenty of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.

Location - Located in south central Wyoming, the Medicine Bow is headquartered in Laramie. The Medicine Bow National Forest is administratively combined with the Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grasslands Together, they encompass nearly 3 million acres from the north and eastern borders of Wyoming, south through northcentral Colorado.

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Contact Information:
Supervisor's Office, 605 Skyline Drive , Laramie, WY, 82070, Phone: 307-358-8971

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Carbon County -
Central Wyoming - The region we are calling Central Wyoming stretches from the Absaroka and Wind River Ranges in the west, to the South Dakota/Nebraska border in the east. This region includes several spectacular mountain ranges as well as vast areas of high desert.
Southern Wyoming - This region encompasses the southern quarter of the state. It is a generally arid region apart from mountainous areas around Laramie.
Wyoming National Forests & Parks - Wyoming's four National Forests and its two National Parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, cover some of the most spectacular mountain terrain in the United States. Most areas offer outstanding outdoor recreation activities and solitude.

Carbon County Wyoming - Contains general visitor information on Carbon County.
Medicine Bow National Forest - Official agency website.


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