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  The emigrants got their first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains when, near Scotts Bluff, Laramie Peak appeared on the horizon. The Platte and North Platte rivers, which the emigrants Laramie Peak and Wagon Trainfollowed through most of Nebraska and into eastern Wyoming, provided a broad, relatively level, natural roadway which headed in the right direction and offered ready supplies of water, forage, and game to hunt. But on the western edge of the great plains, shortly after the emigrants passed Fort Laramie, the landscape took on a different character, breaking up into a series of deepening ravines and pitched ascents.
While many emigrants found their first glimpse of Laramie Peak awe-inspiring, it also dredged up their underlying anxiety as it signaled the beginning of their ascent into the mountains. From here on, the route would become more and more arduous. Laramie Peak would guide their journey for about a week. Although they would skirt the mountain itself, Laramie Peak was a towering presence that sometimes seemed to mock the emigrants as they struggled to ascend the more minor ridges nearby.



National Park Service Comprehensive Management Plan
Because Laramie Peak does not actually lie on the Oregon, California and Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trails, the National Park Service’s Comprehensive Management Plan gives it minimal attention. The peak is visible from many points along the 15 mile stretch between Fort Laramie and Warm Spring which the NPS has designated a "high potential segment."

No known threats. The site is not listed on the National Register


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