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Quick Facts
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Designation: Wyoming State Scenic Byway
Fees: You must pay a fee to use certain developed sites
Length, One-Way: 29 Miles (48.33 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 45 minutes to drive the Byway itself.

General Information

Description - The Snowy Range Road, Hwy 130 from Laramie to the Upper Platte River Valley, was designated the Second National Forest Scenic Byway in the United States. 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. The mountain ranges of Colorado can be seen from the Libby Flats Observation Point. The Krummholz vegetation associated with the alpine zone is located in this area, and a beautiful array of wildflowers can be seen from early June through July. A self-guided tour is available at the Ryan Park Campground which was the site of a WWII Prisoner of War camp. Medicine Bow Peak, at 12, 013 feet, the highest point on the Medicine Bow Forest, is immediately adjacent to the Byway. There are several hiking trails accessible from the Byway, including a trail up to Medicine Bow Peak. A trip along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway is a must when you visit southeastern Wyoming!

Attractions - The Snowy Range Scenic Byway is known for it's Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : The Snowy Range Scenic Byway is on Wyoming State Highway 130 located between the cities of Laramie and Saratoga, WY. The Byway begins as it enters the Medicine Bow Forest 31 miles west of Laramie and traverses west through the Medicine Bow Mountains (also known as the Snowy Range.)

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Filed By: Bob Johnson
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Trail to the top of Medicine Bow Peak from the Lake Marie parking lot. Fairly short hike, 2-3 miles, steep but well worth the effort. Scenic view of lakes, forest, alpine slopes, and mountains make a great picture taking event. (Other nearby hikes include Sunshine falls trail--down stream from the same parking lot and Sugar Loaf trail just a few miles to the northeast.)

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Additional Information:
Wyoming Scenic Byways - This beautiful state currently offers one All-American Road, the Beartooth Scenic Byway, and a multitude of state, National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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