The Glacial Lake Marie of the Wyoming Snowy Range

It's never summer at glacial Lake Marie. We dressed warmly even though it was one of the hottest days of the year.

Mary and I drove from Walden, Colorado, north to the most spectacular sight in southern Wyoming, Lake Marie, at the summit of the Snowy Range near Centennial, Wyoming, about 20-30 miles west of Laramie. We were tired and pressed for time, cramming much into 2 days, so we didn’t hike the trail but I’m sure we’ll try it someday. The drive was very scenic and we didn’t remember it because the last time we were there was 10 years ago. We saw many motorcyclists with video cameras mounted to their helmets. We passed a herd of 3 moose 40 feet away after we continued driving but decided they were too close to safely snap their picture.

We rode our bikes through the small towns of Riverside and Encampment and ate lunch at an island in the middle of the North Platte River in Saratoga. Like the Saratogas in New York and California, the Saratoga of Wyoming contains mineral hot springs.

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