Vedauvoo Trail in Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming (EZ)

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Vedauwoo, “land of the earth-born spirit” in the Arapaho language, is located west of Cheyenne, Wyoming. This 7,600- acre reserve in the Medicine Bow National Forest sits on the plains with an elevation of 8,000 feet. Stunning granite rock formations greet the eye and beckon a bit of rock scrambling. However, we will leave the scrambling to the experts and hike a loop on easy trails around a dome named Turtle Rock with a side trip to a small dam. The area also features some forest and riparian areas. The total distance is under 4 miles with an elevation gain of 350 feet. After completing the hike in the morning and eating our lunch, we will make our way to Cheyenne to visit the highly regarded Wyoming State Museum (founded 1895). We can spend up to a couple of hours browsing through Wyoming’s past, featuring human history, major industries, paleontology, wildlife, and landscapes. Museum admission is free. This outing will be a full day with an early start but is a great opportunity to experience the landscape and history of our neighbor to the north. To signup contact Tom Bruch at