West of Cheyenne, at the top of the mountains before dropping down into Laramie, is Vedauwoo. This huge open recreational area is home to countless campsites, ATV trails, mountain bike trails, and rock climbing adventures. With elevations of between 8,000 and 9,000 feet, the area is a mixture of desert and light forests. Most of the campsites are primitive, meaning they have no access to running water or bathrooms. Yet they are very accessible without being crowded.
In the late summer and fall, Vedauwoo (pronounced “vee-da-voo”) is a popular destination, but many do not camp overnight due to the frequent fast-moving thunderstorms or rain that can come and go with little warning. Most of these are light showers, however, and can be easily sheltered. They generally last only a few minutes before moving on. We had a few during our quick weekend and hardly noticed their effects.