WHMA / WHMA / Laramie Peak


Public Access Area Open: 5/1 - 2/1 THIS AREA OPENS TO ALL HUMAN PRESENCE AT 8:00 AM MAY 1st.
Exceptions: Hay Canyon, Tony Ridge, and Duck Creek Canyon (WGFC Lands) areas closed Feb. 1 - April 30. Remaining areas are open year-round
Recreation Opportunities: Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Camping, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Amenities: Parking
Restrictions: Closed to all Human Presence Feb. 1 - April 30.
Additional Restrictions: Access Road and Parking areas not plowed during winter, Public Access limited to easement areas marked with department signs. Camping limit is 5 days, Off road travel restricted to 25 feet from road.
Total Acres: 37113.6

This wildlife habitat area lies 15 miles south of Laramie Peak and 40 miles west of Wheatland where the Laramie Plains meet the southern end of the Laramie Range. The land was purchased for the management of all wildlife species with emphasis on fisheries, bighorn sheep, elk and pronghorn antelope. Other resource agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service, are involved with the management of these lands. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department finalized a land trade with Vale Ranch to secure additional access to more than 4,600 acres of private lands. With these private lands and agreements signed by the BLM and the State Land and Farm Loan Office, Laramie Peak provides access to 37,096 acres. There are isolated tracts of private lands remaining within the area.
A variety of vegetative types exists here. Grasslands cover one-third of the lands while ponderosa pine, limber pine and junipers cover another third. Sagebrush grasslands cover smaller areas with big sagebrush being the most prominent shrub. Wet meadows make up most of the remainder of the vegetation. Duck Creek Canyon offers visitors a scenic adventure up to Duck Creek Falls where the creek drops 100 feet over a rock ledge. There are more rocky trails into Duck Creek which require the use of ropes for technical rock climbing.
Bighorn sheep may be found in this area and as part of the Laramie Peak Herd Unit. Mule deer, elk, antelope, black bears, and coyotes reside here. Wild turkeys, blue grouse, various ducks, songbirds, and cottontail rabbits are also present. Fishing for trout is permitted on Duck Creek and Cherry Creek. A man-made pond also provides good fishing opportunities.
There are private land tracts interspersed along and inside the boundary lines of this area. This, along with the rough terrain, makes it difficult for visitors to determine their exact location. Although there are no designated camping areas, camping is allowed. The lands are open to the public all year; however, high winds and early snowstorms can hinder vehicle access. Laramie Peak Wildlife Habitat Management Area offers a variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, hunting and wildlife observation.
While closed during the winter months to avoid disturbance to wintering wildlife, the area is open the remainder of the year for whatever recreational opportunity you choose. Facilities are available; specifically, four parking areas and a camping site.
Camping limit is 5 days, off road travel is restricted to 25 feet.
Laramie Peak is open all year except for Hay Canyon, Tony Ridge, and Duck Creek Canyon areas which are closed from February 1 through April 30 each year.


For questions about this Public Access Area, please contact:
Laramie Regional Office

1212 S. Adams St.
Laramie, WY
ph: (307) 745-4046
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Last Updated: 6/28/2019
*Some boundary areas are missing and will be updated as soon as possible.
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