The campground is composed of two loops, winding around the boulders, slabs and cliffs of the Vedauwoo rock formation which comprises 10 square miles of weathered Sherman granite. There are 28 campsites with tables, fire rings, trash pick up and vault toilets. This area is constructed to blend in with the natural beauty of the surroundings. The vegetation is a variety of Limber pine, Engleman spruce, Douglas fir and Aspen. The general area was once used as a hideout for outlaws. Native Americans thought playful spirits piled up the boulders. All the tent sites are walk-ins and some of them are so secluded, one might feel the "outlaw's spirit." There is access to rock climbing and a nature trail through the rocks. It is located in the Pole Mountain area and is managed by the Laramie Ranger District.
This place is amazing. I stopped in for a quick overnight and wish i could have spent more time exploring. I was here the beginning of September and there were very few people camping but the site i found had plenty of space. I don't require much while camping so i can't speak to the tune of restrooms or water.. Definitely a spot I will return when i have more time..
Checked in about 8:30pm on weekday for car/tent camping. Got last spot on upper tent loop (FC/FS-self serve). Upper tent loop also has some RV spots. It seems like a very popular spot for XC RV drivers. The upper loop was very quiet, both the people and the area, and far enough from Interstate that Hwy noise was not an issue. The only problems were the wind(strong in am), and the lack of running water. Vault toilets were clean enough. The faucets near toilets did not work. The only available water was from the green well pump, and it had noticeable color to it. I used it for cooking and cleaning, but not drinking. Great trails! We did a nice 3.5 mile loop around Turtle Rock. It has good and climbing/bouldering, wish I had more time for that. It was cool due to a recent rainfall, and the 8000'ish elevation kept it that way at night. All creeks were dry in late august, and the 3 ponds were nearly so. Very pretty spot that feels more remote than it is. There is a lower tent walk in loop, which is much better sheltered from road noise and wind. The lower tent loop has vault toilets, but it does not have water as far as I could tell. Lower tent loop was completely vacant and available, while upper RV/tent area was full.
We travelled to Vedauwoo on a suggestion from friends and were tremendously surprised by the beauty of the area nestled between Cheyenne and Laramie.
We camped on the dispersed area just to the east of the campground in a pleasant spot in the trees and boulders a good distance from the dust of the road. One of the great things about dispersed camping in this area is it affords some distance between campers and gives you a sense of your own space.
August weather in Wyoming is plenty warm during the day and cool in the night and it met our expectations. The fabled Wyoming breeze was actually less than expected. The only drawback was the fire ban in effect due to the wildfires in both Wyoming and nearby Colorado.
We would encourage visitors to explore the various trails as each one we set out on rewarded us with magnificent views and the surprise of a swift creek feeding a number of picture perfect beaver ponds.
This is a great camping area and is close enough to Laramie for any needs. Vedauwoo is well worth a visit. Thank Wyoming!
Best place to start dispersed camping!! Amazing rock formations, hiking and biking trails all over…
- BRING YOUR OWN DRINKING WATER AND A LOT! (Well water, but a lot of minerals that you can see with..)
- It can be warm or cold.. but it is always windy; so windy at times that it feels like your tent all fly away..
- Close to the highway, so some sites, beware of highway sound and car passing
- Amazing sites, especially for dispersed camping!!
- Bathroom is basic/ decent. TP but no hand wash station!
- Location location location!! Can’t wait to do another short camping trip!
- So much to explore! Do visit Hidden Falls! Round trip about 3 hours with kids and bring plenty of water. Kids will totally enjoy the stream and water fall area!
It’s an awesome place to chill, and explore. Turtle Rock trailhead connects to Vedauwoo campground. Boulders in your campsite. Great for kids, and climbers alike. Loud at night from I-80 and windy. But you can’t move I-80, and it’s Wyoming.
Winds were rough however when no wind it was perfect. Make sure to heavy heavy duty stakes and tie down your tent.
We were driving out to Oregon and decided to stay the night here since it’s not too far off the interstate. The site was fairly secluded and interstate noise was not bad for how close it was. We plan to go again and try some biking and hiking in the area. $5 with national park pass ($10 without). No water.
The dyrt has some old info on their overview page, there are no reservations - it is first come first serve, there is no water hookups, but there are several water spickets that are available when the water quality meets standards for drinking water - sometimes water is not available (check USDA Vadauwoo Camprround site for up to date info).
The sites are a combination of back-in, pull-offs, and walk into tent camping sites. All afford amazing views of the unique rock formations and easy access to hiking, climbing and repelling sites within the area.
Nice spot. Beautiful scenery. Minimal parking though. Most spots are level and paved. Lots of hiking trails
This campground had great facilities and sites, especially for only$10 nightly. If you stay at the loop furthest from the highway, you feel like you’re deeper in wildness because you no longer see or hear the highway traffic. We camped here because it’s so close to the nearby world-class rock climbing. It did get pretty windy during or stay(gusts up to 30mph) but otherwise our stay in mid-August had comfortable temperatures. The bathrooms were pristine. Campsites has ample distance between each other and we had no issues with noisy neighbors. Plenty of well-behaved dogs - dogs are allowed everywhere as long as they are leashed. Unfortunately the water hookup has been off for a couple seasons, so you need to drive 15 minutes away to get potable water. The scenery is beautiful during the day and night. We plan to stay here again!