If you live in the Boulder, Colorado, area and want to go to Cheyenne, Wyoming, you can quickly scoot up Interstate 25 and arrive in under two hours. You can also take the scenic route west and then north and have a lot of fun following a road trip itinerary from Boulder to Cheyenne. You can visit outstanding national and state parks, see attractions, and visit friendly communities. Going on a Boulder to Cheyenne road trip may be great for a long weekend or weeklong adventure.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Regardless of your outdoor interests, you can probably find a place to enjoy them in Rocky Mountain National Park, making it a great place to include on a road trip from Boulder to Cheyenne. If you are a climber, then climbing the flat-topped Longs Peak may be the perfect destination in this park. It requires expert climbing skills, and winter weather conditions can occur throughout the year.
Anglers love coming here because of the great trout fishing. There are 22 bodies of water where you can keep your catch, and many more catch-and-release lakes and streams are nearby. Trail Ridge Road is seen as one of the most challenging roads to ride a bike on in America because over 11 miles of it is above the tree line. Hiking paths often lead around glistening lakes and to stunning waterfalls at this state park. Others let you reach mountain summits where you may be able to see up to 100 miles on a clear day. The park has over 280 miles of trails open to horses, and there are two stables within the park’s boundaries.
Eldorado Canyon State Park
Make your first stop on your Boulder to Cheyenne RV road trip at Eldorado Canyon State Park, about 10 miles south of Boulder. While you might question why you would go south to see this Colorado state park when your destination is to the north, the area is acclaimed around the world for the 500 technical climbs it offers. You can also walk along nature trails up to 1.5 miles long, and some of them have interpretative signage to tell you about the plants and trees that you are passing. When you are hungry, enjoy a picnic lunch and watch the climbers on the rock faces.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Another spot that you will want to visit is Golden Gate Canyon State Park near Golden, which is particularly beautiful when the leaves start turning colors. You can see this park’s beauty along 19 miles of mountain bike trails. Be one of the lucky ones to come home with a fish instead of a tall tale by fishing in the five stocked ponds. Hike along 12 gorgeous trails; most of them are also open for horseback riding. There are alluring spots along Ralston Creek to have a picnic.
State Forest State Park
Over 600 moose live in State Forest State Park northwest of Boulder, so your chances of seeing one or more are extremely high. Many of them live in the North Park area. This 71,000-acre Colorado state park offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing on North Michigan Reservoir. This reservoir and Ranger Lakes are great places to go trout fishing with lures. You can practice your fly-fishing at the Canadian River and the North and Middle Forks of the Michigan River. Bring your own or rent a GPS unit from the Moose Visitor Center to see how many of the 13 geocaches that you can find. Explore areas of this park seen by very few others by following the park’s 80 miles of off-road trails.
Curt Gowdy State Park
Curt Gowdy State Park, located about 24 miles east of Laramie, Wyoming, gives you the chance to see low-lying meadows, gently rolling hills, and steep granite formations. Three reservoirs offer unique fishing opportunities. Head to North Crow Reservoir to catch splake, rainbow trout, brown trout, and grayling or to Granite Reservoir to catch rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. If shore fishing is your thing, then Crystal Reservoir has many great fishing holes near its shoreline. If you love to camp with your horse, you'll be glad to hear that this park has a fenced pasture and corral. This park also has a great trail with awe-inspiring scenery that is open only to equestrians. Practice your archery skills at the range. The Hynds Lodge has seen lots of joyous occasions since local businessman Harry P. Hynds and the local Boy Scouts constructed it in 1922. It and the amphitheater still regularly host events of all types.
Trestle Bike Park
Winter Park, Colorado, is home to Trestle Bike Park, which offers over 40 miles of gravity-fed biking trails. You can find an additional 360 miles in the Winter Park and Frasier Meadows areas. Regardless of your riding ability, you can easily find a trail meeting your needs. They also offer guided bike tours to nearby locations, and some of their guided tours use e-bikes.
Located at the Shambhala Mountain Center northwest of Fort Collins, the Great Stupa stands 108 feet tall. Experts view this stupa built in honor of the center’s founder as one of the greatest examples of Buddhist architecture in North America.
Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site
Originally constructed in 1872, this facility in Laramie served as a territorial prison, federal penitentiary, and state prison until 1901. The University of Wyoming used it as an agricultural experiment station from 1901 until 1989. You can learn more about life inside this prison, which may have held Butch Cassidy, on a self-guided tour of the furnished cells, the prisoners’ dining area, guards' quarters, infirmary, women’s quarters, laundry room, and warden’s office.
Laramie Plains Museum
Often called the Ivinson Mansion, this building served as a school for girls for many years. The building has been restored, and you can see several rooms as they would have looked in the early 1900s, including the vestibule, smokers' room, and foyer. When you tour this building, you can learn about its many unique features, like how cool air is brought in through outside vents to keep the food in the pantry cold.
Terry Bison Ranch
At this ranch near Laramie, you can ride on a custom-designed train to see bison, camels, ostriches, and other animals. Sunday is a special day on this farm because you can ride the train while eating a meal. This farm also offers trail rides.
Winter Park, Colorado
While Winter Park, Colorado, is a great place to visit for winter activities, it is also a popular spot for mountain bikers. Consider staying at the Idlewild Campground or the Midland Campground. In Winter Park, RV dump stations are available at Rocky Mountain National Park. Winter Park is located about 66 miles from Denver, so you may also want to check out Denver campgrounds.
This town of about 600 people is surrounded by fantastic outdoor recreational spots, including Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Thunder Basin National Grassland, Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge, Delaney Lakes, Lake John, and Walden Reservoir. State Forest State Park is one of the closest campgrounds to this community, and it has an RV dump station. You can dispersal camp at Buffalo Pass. While Walden is in an extremely isolated location, you may want to look at campgrounds in Fort Collins, Colorado; it is about 100 miles away.
In addition to enjoying great outdoor recreational opportunities in the area surrounding Laramie, you will want to visit the downtown area that has over 30 microbreweries. Laramie campground options include Table in the Wilderness, Laramie KOA, and Curt Gowdy State Park. RV dump stations are available at Wyoming Territorial Prison Historic Site and the Laramie KOA. One possible option is to spend two nights in Fort Collins and explore Laramie and Walden. It is approximately 65 miles from Laramie to Fort Collins.
Going on a Boulder to Cheyenne road trip lets you reconnect with nature. You can have so many different adventures, including climbing, hiking, fishing, and viewing wildlife, that you will wonder why you would ever want to vacation anywhere else. Get your RV packed and hit the highway as there are elk, mule deer, and bison ready to greet you. If you do not have an RV, then rent one in Boulder or Cheyenne on RVshare.