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Turtle Rock Loop Trail – Vedauwoo

Turtle Rock Loop Trail

Turtle Rock Loop Trail

Turtle Rock is a popular hiking and climbing spot in the Vedauwoo area of Wyoming, about 15 minutes east of Laramie on I-80. It’s a fairly easy 3.5-mile walk around the rock, with the elevation of over 8,000 feet the the March snow/mud bumping it up into the moderate range. There are a few ponds to make a dent in the woods, and it’s a scenic break from the rest of the southeastern Wyoming plains.

Check out the giant Abe Lincoln head and the Ames Brothers monument nearby as well.

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Niedrach Trail – Barr Lake State Park

Niedrach Trail at Barr Lake State Park

Niedrach Trail at Barr Lake State Park

The Niedrach Trail heads south from the nature center at Barr Lake State Park near Brighton, Colorado. The trail goes around the whole lake – 8.8 miles in total and is essentially flat the entire way. I went to the two-mile marker, but in that span I saw a herd of 20 deer, two bald eagles and scores of ducks and geese.

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