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The Snowy Range Scenic Byway is one of the many scenic byways in Wyoming.

It’s a drive along WY-130 through Medicine Bow National Forest that is located on the southern side of Wyoming.

You’ll be driving at high altitude!

 

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest. saratoga to laramie WY. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest. saratoga to laramie WY. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest. saratoga to laramie WY. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest. saratoga to laramie WY. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

 

The drive peaks at over 10,000 feet.

You can also make a stop along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway for a high altitude hike in Wyoming to over 12,000 feet.

 

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Hiking in Medicine Bow National Forest. saratoga to laramie WY. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

 

 

Or if you’d rather not put out so much effort, then there are a number of mountain lakes that you can make easy stops at too.

 

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest: snowy range mountain lakes. saratoga to laramie WY. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest: snowy range mountain lakes. saratoga to laramie WY. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest: snowy range mountain lakes. saratoga to laramie WY. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

 

Below are some highlights of what you can see while driving through Medicine Bow National Forest on the Snowy Range Scenic Byway!

 

 

 

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9 things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway

I did this drive on the way from Idaho to Nebraska in October 2021. The temperature was in the 40s F.

Medicine Bow National Forest was part of a drive of several days, from Craters of the Moon in Idaho to the Nebraska badlands… and beyond driving back to Michigan!

 

 

I also stayed at a national forest cabin while in Medicine Bow National Forest, although that was in a different part of the national forest compared to the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.

Below is the order as you’d see it when driving west to east, from Saratoga to Centennial to Laramie.

If you’ll be driving from Laramie to Saratoga, you can start from the bottom up!

 

Driving through Medicine Bow National Forest. Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. medicine bow national forest. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

Driving through Snowy Range Scenic Byway. medicine bow national forest. Wyoming 130 highway. wyoming travel blog

Snowy Range Scenic Byway, wyoming highway 130: driving through medicine bow national forest from saratoga to centennial to laramie WY. wyoming travel blog

 

1. Lake Marie

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Lake Marie. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

You’ll look for the West Lake Marie trailhead.

There is a parking lot right along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: west Lake Marie trailhead parking for hiking in medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

From here, you can take a short paved path to walk to Lake Marie.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: walking to Lake Marie. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: walking to Lake Marie. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

Or you can take a short walk on a dirt trail to get to Lake Marie.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: trail to Lake Marie. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: trail to Lake Marie. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

There’s also a basic bathroom and picnic area near Lake Marie.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Lake Marie picnic area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

Continuing the drive along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway…

 

Snowy Range Scenic Byway, wyoming highway 130: driving through medicine bow national forest from saratoga to centennial to laramie WY. wyoming travel blog

 

 

2. Mirror Lake picnic area

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Mirror Lake picnic area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

As you keep driving, you will next come across the Mirror Lake picnic area.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Mirror Lake picnic area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

From WY-130, you’ll turn off onto an easy gravel road with a lakeside drive until you get to the parking area.

This is a more “official” picnic area, and there are a number of picnic tables without having to walk far.

Once again, there is a basic bathroom at Mirror Lake too.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Mirror Lake road. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Mirror Lake road. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Mirror Lake trailhead parking. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

From the Mirror Lake parking area, you will also find a trail that leads to Lake Marie. (There is a sign.)

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Mirror Lake to Lake Marie trail. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

Continuing the drive along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway…

 

Snowy Range Scenic Byway, wyoming highway 130: driving through medicine bow national forest from saratoga to centennial to laramie WY. wyoming travel blog

 

 

3. Medicine Peak Overlook

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Medicine Bow Peak overlook. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

Next you will come to a parking lot for the Medicine Peak Overlook.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: medicine bow peak overlook. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Medicine Bow Peak overlook parking. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Medicine Bow Peak overlook parking. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Medicine Bow Peak overlook. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

You can also start the Miners Cabin Trail here which will take you through “historical mining ruins.”

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: miners cabin trail. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: miners cabin trail. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

 

Continuing the drive along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway…

 

4. Libby Flats Observation Point

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Libby Flats observation point trail. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

Next you’ll see a sign for Libby Flats.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: libby flats observation point. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: libby flats observation point. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

You can then walk a short trail to get to the Libby Flats observation point.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Libby Flats observation point trail. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Libby Flats observation point trail. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Libby Flats observation point. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: Libby Flats observation point. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

 

5. Snowy Range Pass

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: snowy range pass. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

At the Libby Flats parking lot is also where you will see the sign that you are at over 10,000 feet.

 

 

Continuing the drive along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway…

 

6. Sugarloaf Recreation Area

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

For the next 2 lakes on this list, you’ll go down the road where you see the sign for the Sugarloaf Recreation Area.

Driving through Medicine Bow National Forest is free if you’ll just be driving on the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.

But if you want to do anything in the Sugarloaf Recreation Area, then there is a national forest entry fee. In 2021, the Medicine Bow National Forest fee for this area was $5 per car.

There will be a self-pay station once you turn down the road.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: medicine bow national forest entry fee. sugarloaf recreation area. wyoming travel blog

 

If you have an annual national park pass, then your national forest entry fee will be covered by that. But you will still want to stop by the fee station so you can get your proof of payment tag to put on your car.

 

Continuing the drive just off the Snowy Range Scenic Byway into the Sugarloaf Recreation Area…

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: road to libby lake. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: libby lake trailhead parking. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

 

7. Libby Lake

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: libby lake trail. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

This is another lake in Medicine Bow National Forest where you can make it a picnic with lake views.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: libby lake picnic area. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

Continue the drive further into the Sugarloaf Recreation Area…

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: road to lewis lake. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

 

8. Lewis Lake

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: lewis lake. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

And this is yet another lake in Medicine Bow National Forest that you can visit for a lake with mountains in the background.

 

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: libby lake. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: lewis lake. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

This is also one spot that you can start your hike to Medicine Bow Peak! (Next on the list!)

 

 

9. Medicine Bow Peak Trail

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: medicine bow peak trail from lewis lake. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

If you are looking for a little bit of hiking in Wyoming during your time in Medicine Bow National Forest, hiking to Medicine Bow Peak is a hike to consider! This will take you to a peak of over 12,000 feet.

There are many ways to hike to Medicine Bow Peak, and hiking the Medicine Bow Peak Trail from Lewis Lake is one of them. You’ll want to give yourself 2-3 hours to hike this.

And remember that this is a high altitude hike, so you may find yourself getting tired more easily.

And, this is a hike UP the mountain.

And, once you get higher up, you’ll be walking across big rocks.

All of this can slow you down.

So although this Medicine Bow Peak hike is listed as around 3 miles round trip, it’s not a casual 3 mile stroll! Although the very first part along Lewis Lake is a casual lakeside stroll! (That doesn’t last very long, though!)

 

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: lewis lake trail to medicine bow peak. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

Things to do in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming. Stops to make driving the Snowy Range Scenic Byway: medicine bow peak trail from lewis lake. sugarloaf recreation area. medicine bow national forest. wyoming travel blog

 

And then you can continue onwards on the Snowy Range Scenic Byway to Centennial WY and onwards to Laramie WY!

 

And that’s a bit about things to do along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway!

 

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