Outdoor adventure is waiting for you just 30 minutes west of Cheyenne! Three scenic and distinct areas—the Pole Mountain and Vedauwoo areas within Medicine Bow National Forest, and Curt Gowdy State Park—provide a rich playground for both the casual nature lover and the avid outdoor enthusiast.
Year-round recreational opportunities await: A well-defined system of trails serve as bike and hiking paths in the summer months, snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails in the wintertime.
Streams and reservoirs offer fishing and boating; and spectacular rock formations provide climbing and photo opportunities!
Getting there is easy with two routes from Cheyenne:
- I-80 West: a well maintained stretch of 4-lane divided interstate.
- State Highway 210/Happy Jack Road: a scenic 2-lane state highway.
Medicine Bow: Pole Mountain
The Pole Mountain section of this magnificent national forest lies just 30 minutes west of Cheyenne. Prior to 1959, this 55,000 acre area was administered by the War Department for military training. It is now managed by the US Forest Service and offers endless outdoor…
Medicine Bow: Vedauwoo
We call it “rock-reation,” but the name Vedauwoo (vee-da-voo) is actually a version of the Arapaho Indian word “bito’o’wu” meaning “earth-born.” This extraordinary area features vast otherworldly rock formations of 1.4 billion year-old granite. Scenic beauty and wildlife…
Curt Gowdy State Park
Curt Gowdy State Park was established in 1971 and later named in March 1972 for famous sportscaster Curt Gowdy (1919–2006). Gowdy was born in Green River, WY, but he grew up and began his broadcasting career in Cheyenne. Recently named as an “Epic” system…
HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE WAY
A 60-foot-tall granite pyramid dedicated to Oakes and Oliver Ames, two Massachusetts brothers who were extremely influential in constructing the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad. To get to the monument, take I-80 west to exit 329. Instead of turning north to Vedauwoo, turn south onto West Vedauwoo Road (Monument Road) just a few feet south of the Hermosa Road intersection.
Lincoln Monument at the Summit Rest Area
A popular destination just off of I-80 exit 323, this colossal bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln marks the highest point on I-80, an elevation of 8,640 feet. The Summit Rest Area features fascinating historic displays inside (open summer months) and picture-perfect, breathtaking views outside.