Laramie, Wyoming Mountain Biking

Laramie, Wyoming, United States of America

Is the American west somewhere you’ve always wanted to ride your mountain bike? Would you like to ride singletrack designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) in a place where the deer and the antelope still play?

Laramie, Wyoming, is a university town of 30,000 people—huge by Wyoming standards—that is situated along the notorious, Interstate 80 corridor; infamous for its vast, open spaces, tumbleweeds and heavy vehicle traffic. Not exactly the kind of place you would expect to find mountain biking bliss!

Surprisingly, several networks of multi-use trails are accessible within 16 to 32 kilometres (10 to 20 miles) of Laramie. The IMBA has completed significant trail building at Curt Gowdy State Park and has given beginners, as well as experts, something to sink their teeth into. Ride the Stone Temple Circuit or gather your wits and ride the expert Stabz or El Alto.

Happy Jack and Vedauwoo are national forestlands available to mountain bikers, where endless loops and networks can be created by linking rocky, technical singletrack and forestry roads. Your rides will not leave you wanting. Trails will test cyclists with rides that snake through pine forest at elevations of 1,980 to 2,590 metres (6,500 to 8,500 feet). If you are coming from sea-level, come prepared and fit for a technical and physical challenge.

Don’t look for typical tourist accommodation or guided tours here, this is all self-guided riding. Forestry maps, a GPS and some beta gear from the local shop, the Pedal House, is mandatory.

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