Magazine article Sunset

Out-of-This-World Rocks in Wyoming

Magazine article Sunset

Out-of-This-World Rocks in Wyoming

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East of Laramie on the Happy Jack Road

* The land between Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming, offers a crazy quilt of textures and colors. If you're traveling on Interstate 80 east out of Laramie, detour onto State 210 and you'll crest an 8,640-foot summit and pass through a world that includes fanciful rock shapes and lakes with great hiking, picnicking, fishing, and boating.

State 210 is also called Happy Jack Road after Happy Jack Hollingsworth, a rancher and logger who earned his moniker because he sang while he worked. The 38-mile road is also known for wildflower displays.

From the summit rest area and the Lincoln Monument, a 12-foot-high bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln (7 miles east of Laramie; exit 323 off I-80), head east onto Happy Jack Road as it sweeps up and over the green Laramie Mountains. Soon the landscape alters from timbered hillside to open grassland and wildflowers.

The road weaves across a portion of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. Within a few miles, a well-signed gravel side road (FDR 719) leads to the Happy Jack Recreation Area, great for a picnic or hike. …

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