My mission this past weekend was to find wildflowers in the Snowy Range. Let’s just say that I succeeded and it was beyond my wildest dreams. And it’s not too late. These flowers didn’t look like they were going away anytime soon, but they will go away, so time is of the essence.
Photos taken on a Canon T3i and Samsung 9+.
The Snowy Range is just 30 minutes west of Laramie, Wyoming. It’s approximately three hours from Denver to the Mirror Lake Picnic Area parking lot.
From here, take the Lakes Trail. Weekend foot traffic was heavy last Saturday so if you can visit on a weekday, do it.
As soon as your car enters the Snowy Range, wildflowers start to pop up near the roadway. We stopped at one pull out so that I could take photos of a field of yellow flowers with a lake and gray rock wall as the backdrop. I was already happy but I had no idea what was in store.
As we hiked up the Lakes Trail, wildflowers began appearing; columbines along a rock outcropping and small yellow flowers grew in rocky cracks along the trail itself.
The view here is like being in an alpine scene from a movie. A huge rocky mountain juts into the sky behind dark blue lakes on the left, and to the right, there are rocky fields. But these fields aren’t just filled with rocks, there are thousands of different types of flowers growing here.
I don’t know much about the names of wildflowers beyond asters and columbines, of which there were hundreds. However, this was not the only two flowers visible. The variety is outstanding and for me it is what makes this landscape so breathtaking.
Here are a lot of photos I took along the way, but I would encourage you to go to the Snowy Range this August. After all, there’s nothing that quite compares to seeing this display in real life.
Want more information on visiting the Snowy Range and the Laramie, Wyoming area? Go to VisitLaramie.org.