The Laramie Mountains of South East Wyoming are not well known to most people. They are not the high peaks of Colorado nor are they the strikingly rugged mountains such as the Teton Range and Wind River Range of western Wyoming. Despite the Laramie Mountains’ lowly status among the ranges of the Rocky Mountains, they should not be ignored. At the northern terminous of the Laramie Mountains is Muddy Mountain and Casper Mountain; two unassuming flat topped peaks that are below 9000′ in elevation. These unassuming peaks are just high enough to support large and incredibly beautiful stands of wildflowers; a large contrast to the dry basins that lie in every direction around the Laramie Mountains.
I missed the peak color of the Baslsamroot flowers and a couple of other dominant wildflowers you see in Wyoming, but I caught the lupines at their peak! One of my favorite things about living out West is that open space and incredible scenery of all types are just a short jaunt from my front door here in Wyoming. I can’t imagine calling anywhere but the American West my home!