Medicine Bow National Forest Laramie Peak Unit - Wyoming

Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest is the official title to a U.S. Forest Service managed area extending over 2,769,949 acres in the states of Wyoming and Colorado, United States. What were once three separate areas, Medicine Bow National Forest, Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland were administratively combined in 1995 due to similarity of the resources, proximity to each other and for administrative purposes.

The Medicine Bow National Forest section (1,096,891 acres) is located in southeastern Wyoming and was originally created as a forest reserve in 1902. Named after the Native American powwows in which numerous tribes would congregate here in search of mountain mahogany, which was an excellent wood for the manufacturing of bows, and to perform rituals hoped to cure diseases and thus make "good medicine". Areas of interest include the Snowy Range where the highest peak is Medicine Bow Peak at 12,013 feet and is visible from Snowy Range Pass, 10,847 ft, on Wyoming highway 130. The Encampment River, Huston Park, Savage Run and Platte River Wildernesses are all located within the Medicine Bow portion of the National Forest. Vedauwoo is located immediately north of Interstate 80 and consists of numerous rock outcroppings popular with rock climbers.  Ranger district offices located in Laramie and Saratoga.





       

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