Runs through the Sierra Madre with some great views along the way. Closes for the cold season.
I can hardly believe this route has not been indicated on BBR already!! If your westbound on 80 and looking to get up to Jackson, Yellowstone or Montana this is the way to go. From Rawlins youll climb up eventually leveling off upon a huge, expansive plain of rolling hills and distant mountains. On top youll encounter some nice benders with some up and down. Theres hardly anyone out there so somewhere out above Rawlins, when the vistas go on forever, pull over and take in grandeur. Its awesome. Along the way, Lander is a great little spot to stop for a meal. After Lander the road gets windier and the terrain more mountainous and dramatic as you climb. The condition of the road is mostly excellent. Enjoy!
good quick route up over the snowy range mountains. so called because of the snow-like appearance (even in the couple months a year when its bare)of the smoky quartz that makes up much of the south face of the summit. Heading west out of laramie will take you through a good stretch of straightaway until you hit the foothills and the town of Centennial, then start winding and working your way up into the range. decent number of good hiking trails, alpine lakes and the like. nice lookout at the top of the pass (~11000ft) with valley in front and peak behind, and a couple lakes in between. descends through more forests on the other side, flattening and straightening out until 130 turns north and 230 turns south, judge your options from there. all of about an hour and a half, id recommend 230 south to hwy 70 west, which will take you back up to more mountains.