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    COB| The 20 Things You Must Do While Attending the University of Wyoming | Continued!

    August 04, 2015

    Courtney Nations Baker | Ph. D Candidate in Marketing and Sustainable Business Practice

    Courtney Nations Baker is a Ph.D. Candidate in Marketing and Sustainable Business Practices at the University of Wyoming. Courtney has lived in Laramie for three years and enjoys numerous outdoor and cultural activities, such as hiking and biking, photographing wildlife, attending live concerts and theatre, and exploring new types of cuisine.

    Written July 2015

    Disclaimer: Many of the website links provided are outdated and are simply intended to offer general understanding and locations of each experience.


    11. Cheer on UW at a Basketball Game (Laramie)

    Cheering on the UW Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams is an excellent indoor activity during the cold Laramie winters. The recently renovated Arena-Auditorium is a vibrant place to gather in your brown and gold to show your school spirit and be with friends. UW students get the best seats in the house, the halftime show with Pistol Pete is a blast, and the teams usually stick around to greet fans after the game. Sporting events are an excellent way to get into the UW community and culture! (

    12. Have Dinner at the Cavalryman for a Special Occasion (Laramie)

    Not only does the Cavalryman Steakhouse have delicious foods and a lovely setting, but the Wyoming history attached to it can be appreciated by any UW student. The meal starts with a delicious pan of homemade soda bread, and the menu features high-quality local steaks that are mouthwatering. I strongly recommend the Battered Mushrooms Appetizer. While the price point may be a bit steep for a college budget, it is definitely worth the splurge on a special occasion. Go there for your birthday, first date, or just to celebrate a great exam grade! It is the perfect place to celebrate. (

    13. Build snow sculptures on campus with friends (Laramie)

    With all the beautiful snow that Laramie gets each year, this activity is one at which you will have many chances! Put on your snow gear and head outside to build snow sculptures with your friends on campus. It is a free activity, and it gives you the chance to be competitive with other sculptors on campus – who can build the most intricate structure or the largest snowman? (

    14. Try to Find the Hidden Falls at Curt Gowdy State Park (east of Laramie)

    On a nice day, go mountain bike or hike the trails of Curt Gowdy State Park. There are various trails and the routes are tricky, so it can be challenging to find the Hidden Falls. Once you do, be sure to walk into the water to get closer to the falls. The park also offers opportunities for fishing and camping. It is quick and simple to get to the park from Laramie, so it is a great place to escape to for a day! (

    15. Celebrate July 4th at Freedom Has a Birthday (Laramie)

    Each July 4th, Laramie comes together to celebrate the independence of the U.S. Many local businesses set up booths and provide free food and prizes to attendees. Each year, you can find free ice cream, popsicles, and watermelon. There are also many other tasty treats for sale. Events include live music, a fire safety demonstration, and fun competitions. I recommend grabbing a bag of the fresh-made kettle corn! (

    16. Wander Around Bart’s Flea Market for Several Hours (Laramie)

    If you find yourself bored, in need of some random item, or trying to furnish your place, make Bart’s Flea Market your first stop. They have so many neat items, including useful household goods, antiques, and random collectibles – there is something for everyone. You can browse for hours of entertainment or stop in to see if you can buy something used instead of new, which will cost a little less and allow the item to be reused. (

    17. Take a Tour of the Ivinson Mansion / Laramie Plains Museum (Laramie)

    Learn more about your college town by visiting the historic Ivinson Mansion and taking the tour of the Laramie Plains Museum. The Ivinson Family was foundational in the development of Laramie. Take some time to check out their home, view their belongings, and hear about the storied past of Laramie. New exhibits are often added, so this is a tour you can do more than once. And students get a discount on tour tickets! (

    1. Get a Photo with Tree Rock (east of Laramie)

    You may have driven by it on I-80, but have you ever really taken the time to stop and see the historic Tree Rock? Next time you drive by, stop in the little pull-off, read the sign describing the site, and take a photo with this miraculous tree, literally growing out of solid rock. It was beloved by those who passed it on the railroad long ago, and it is still a treasured icon for travelers in Wyoming today. (

    9. Drive the Dirt Road out to See the Ames Monument (east of Laramie)

    The Ames Monument, hidden off of I-80, is a unique and interesting Wyoming monument. Paying tribute to the two men who financed the Union Pacific Railroad, the monument marked what used to be the highest point on the transcontinental railroad. When you first start along the bumpy dirt road off the Vedauwoo exit toward Ames, the monument will appear small in the distance and slowly become surprisingly large as you get closer. You will typically see antelope in picturesque scenes along the way! (

    1. Road Trip to See Everything Else Wonderful Wyoming Has to Offer

    Grab your friends, hop in the car, and road trip to see all the other delightful parks, monuments, and historic sites that the state of Wyoming has to offer. The city of Jackson Hole offers skiing, dogsledding, the beautiful Grand Tetons, and the fantastic Elk Refuge. Yellowstone, the country’s first national park, showcases numerous geysers, wildlife, and the incredible Old Faithful geyser. Historic Cody, Wyoming is home to the Buffalo Bill dam, Irma hotel, and the grave of John Jeremiah Johnson. Devil’s Tower, the country’s first national monument, is a beautiful landmark and unique rock climbing opportunity in Wyoming. Finally, Independence Rock and Devil’s Gate, two important milestones along the Oregon Trail, allow visitors a connection to settlers of Wyoming past. (

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