Our goal in visiting the Snowy Range in southern Wyoming was to hike the trail up to Medicine Bow Peak. That was an amazing hike, but looking for a place to eat breakfast early on the morning of the hike, we stumbled onto the Libby Flats Observation Site, a castle-like overlook with views to the Snowy Range and across nearby meadows and a lake. It’s lovely, and the trail is very short – only 0.125 miles RT!
From the parking area, walk the paved path to the stairway up the castle-like or fortress-like viewing area. Binoculars are available, but really, the views are quite good without them.
To the north is the Snowy Range, to the east and south are flat meadowlands (even a small lake). The outline of the Rockies is also visible to the south.
If you want a slightly longer trail, hike the 0.25 mile loop by turning right at the foot of the stairs. The trail has more scenic views before returning you to the parking area.
It’s not long, but the observation area does pack a punch in terms of views… I can’t even imagine how pretty the Snowy Range would be with snow on it…
Round Trip Trail Length: 0.125 to 0.3 miles
Elevation change: Negligible
Facilities: Primitive restrooms
Trail Notes: Enjoy the architecture of the observation tower!
Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this?
Key GPS Coordinates for Libby Flats Observation Site
Parking Area: 41.34206N / -106.29916W (41° 20′ 31.4154″ / -106° 17′ 56.976″) (10,849ft)
Observation Tower: 41.34117N / -106.29844W (41° 20′ 28.2114″ / -106° 17′ 54.3834″)
Getting to the Libby Flats Observation Site
From I-80 in Laramie, WY take Exit 311 to Snowy Range Road; turn left under the highway (if coming from I-80E) or right (if coming from I-80W). After 0.8 miles, turn right onto WY-130W (Snowy Range Road). Continue to follow WY-130 39.6 miles. Turn left into the parking area, marked for Medicine Bow National Forest Observation Point Libby Flats.
Alternatively, from I-80 take Exit 235; turn right (from I-80W) or left under the highway (from I-80E). (This is the same exit as for Hobo Pool; since you’ll be driving right past the door more or less, I highly recommend you check it out on your through!) Drive 27.9 miles on WY-130E, then turn left to stay on WY-130E. After another 28.4 miles, turn right left into the parking area, marked for Medicine Bow National Forest Observation Point Libby Flats.
Note: this road may be closed in winter, and the observations site is likely snowed in at least into, if not through, the month of May.
Wednesday Wed Nov 22 0%
Generally cloudy. High 46F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Thursday Thu Nov 23 10%
Partly cloudy skies with gusty winds. High 52F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Friday Fri Nov 24 20%
Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High 46F. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Saturday Sat Nov 25 0%
Partly cloudy skies. High 48F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.
Sunday Sun Nov 26 0%
Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 54F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.