Located just a stone's throw from Laramie, Wyoming, this extensive network of trails provides a cornucopia of riding experiences. Comprising singletrack, doubletrack, and fire roads, the highlight of the network is the popular Turtle Rock trail—a 3-mile loop that offers a bit of everything from technical rocky sections to panoramic vistas. But tread cautiously; while these trails offer a feast for your MTB appetite, some areas can be marshy and confusing, underscoring the importance of solid route planning.
For those departing from Laramie or even Cheyenne, take I-80 to the Vedauwoo exit. The signs will guide you to the campground and trailhead. Day use and seasonal passes are required, so be prepared to pay a $5 day use fee.
The ride experience is mostly joyous but can throw a curveball. Trails can vanish into swampy terrain or become cluttered with hoofprints and cow pies. Therefore, carrying a map downloaded from local bike shops like Pedal House or openstreetmap.org is not just recommended, it's essential.
While the network surrounding Turtle Rock provides a wide-ranging, sometimes challenging, but mostly enjoyable riding experience, it's not for those who want a straightforward, clearly marked ride. If your aim is to engage with diverse terrains, rack up miles, and occasionally consult your map, these trails are your haven. Whether you’re eager for the technical aspects or hunting down the ideal scenery for a photo-op, this trail network provides. Just make sure you're up for a bit of route-finding and muddy adventures.