The Nautilus formation, Vedauwoo

The infamous Vedauwoo: WIDE cracks, and lots of ‘em. If this is what you’re coming here for, you won’t be disappointed. Bring high-top shoes and plenty of tape because the granite here is studded with sharp, hostile crystals that will shred your skin but may just keep you from slipping out. In addition to the wide stuff, Vedauwoo also has a solid offering of “normal” sized cracks for the non-masochistic folks. There’s even some quality bouldering with good flat landings littered around the park, so bring a pad if you want to fool around on these. The setting here is peaceful and scenic, so it’s quite an enjoyable place, especially if you stay away from the off-widths.


Bring all of your big cams, and maybe your friends’ big cams too, to be able to climb everything here. While the climbs are generally not long, there are many with consistent wide sections that’ll eat up BD 4’s, 5’s, 6’s, and even some big bros. A 60-meter rope should be plenty to get up and down almost everything here.

All in all, Vedauwoo is a worthwhile stop if you passing through here, though unless you’re an off-width junkie, you probably won’t stick around here too long. Mountain Project provides a pretty comprehensive listing of the worthwhile climbs here, so it’s not necessary to buy a guidebook.


  • Edward’s Crack 5.7
  • Middle Parallel Space 5.9
  • Friday the 13th 5.10-


A three-season location (June-September), the climbing here is quite comfortable in the summer, and it’s easy to chase sun or shade.


There is free primitive camping all over the park here (see map), and the sites are generally spread out and nicely secluded, which makes for a peaceful atmosphere. Unfortunately, you’ll have to head back to the parking areas for the toilets, and because of this setup, you may find a lot of toilet paper nearby the campsites. Pack everything out please!


There is no water at Vedauwoo. You must bring all the water you need. Nearby Laramie has a Walmart Supercenter (see map) where you can stock up on water and food.


Head up to Laramie, the home of University of Wyoming, to find all kinds of good food options.


Unfortunately there are no convenient shower options nearby the park.

Rest Days

It seems like a lot of people come to this area to use off-road vehicles, so that could be fun if you can arrange it. There’s also a bunch of easy and moderate mountain biking in the area, so bring your bike!


By Tyler Wellman


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