Updated: Sep 18, 2019
We wanted to see what other mountains WY had to offer besides the Grand Tetons so we knew we had to take the Snowy Range Scenic Byway drive through the Medicine Bow Mountain Range not too far from Cheyenne, Wyoming, where we had a great day on a budget.
The Snowy Range Scenic Byway includes 29 miles of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest so there is also plenty of RV boondocking in the area and we try to never pay for RV camping. That is after all, one of the keys to RVing full time on a budget.
The Snowy Range Scenic Byway was a beautiful drive from Laramie to Saratoga Wyoming with snow capped mountains peeking out in the distance and small ponds and streams just below viewing from the road. So be sure and stop and check out some of the pull off viewing areas.
Along the route there is a observation point. It was really windy on the day we visited in late August. But wow - what a breathtaking view of the valley. It reminded me a little of Signal Mountain in Grand Teton.
Across from the view point you can get a good photo of the snow covered mountains.
Along the way there is the small town of Centennial population 270 with a small grocery store, a shop, a couple of restaurants. So if you need any camping supplies you might want to get them before you hit the Byway.
There were lots of roads along this route one could pull over and camp at.
We chose one near the peak and the trail head as Wade had plans to hike.
So quiet, no road noise, no noise from people just peaceful. Although I could see other RVers I couldn’t hear them. Peace and quiet. Just the wind blowing in the trees. Beautiful blue sky with puffy white clouds.
We found a spot with a huge fire pit area and some already chopped wood. There were plenty of spots along road to chose from so you should have no problem finding a boondocking site.
It was colder here than we have experienced so far this year. We woke up to the high 40’s in the RV one morning. During the day the sun was out and we charged our solar lights. We able to keep a window opening during the day for a nice mountain breeze.
I love wildflowers are they were still in bloom in late August. There were purple, yellow and white wildflowers blooming along the route and at our free camp site.
Wade saw a doe one morning at a campsite. He also went on a 10 mile hike to Medicine Bow Peak which is right off the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.
After two days camping for free we set off in our RV to Saratoga, WY to find the free hot springs we heard about.
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