Interstate 25 Southbound - Laramie County


Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south
Interstate 25 and U.S. 85-87 south
Southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 approach Exit 12, Junction Business Loop I-25, U.S. 85, and Business U.S. 87 (Central Avenue) south to Cheyenne, the capital of the state of Wyoming. The city of Cheyenne is the capital of the state of Wyoming and is its largest city as of 2010. Home to 59,466 people as of the 2010 Census, Cheyenne ("Magic City of the Plains") is considered to be the northern end of the populous Front Range region, which extends south into Colorado encompassing Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado Springs to the south. The city was founded as Crow Creek Crossing during Wyoming's territorial days in 1867, and it became the state capital in 1890 when Wyoming achieved statehood. Photo taken 09/01/04.
U.S. 85 splits from Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 at Exit 12, Central Avenue. The freeway skirt the metropolitan to the west, passing alongside F.E. Warren Air Force Base. To Cheyenne Regional Airport (Jerry Olson Field), follow Business Loop I-25, U.S. 85, and Business U.S. 87 (Central Avenue) south to Wyoming 219 (Yellowstone Road) north, then turn east on Dell Range Boulevard. The airport, along with the Wyoming National Guard offices, is located on the south side of Dell Range Boulevard. Photo taken 09/01/04.

Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south
The next exit is Exit 11, Pershing Avenue and Randall Avenue to F.E. Warren Air Force Base Gate 1 (one mile). Photos taken 07/02/12 and 09/01/04.
Just before reaching the Stinner Road overpass, Interstate 25 passes over a series of bridges that carry the freeway over Lake Absarraca, also known as Country Club Lake within Frontier Park. Annually, the Cheyenne Frontier Days draws thousands to the Cheyenne area to partake in one of the country's largest rodeos and festivals. Lasting for several days in July, Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) often feature top entertainers and rodeo legends. Held at Frontier Park each July, Cheyenne Frontier Days is the biggest and most well-known event held annually in the Cheyenne metropolitan area. Cheyenne Frontier Days is hosted annually at Frontier Park; the lake is part of the larger complex that also includes an arena and concert venue. Photo taken 08/15/13.
Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 pass under Stinner Road. Photo taken 07/02/12.
Follow Randall Avenue southeast to the state capitol, state museum, and downtown Cheyenne. Photo taken 09/01/04.
An exit only lane provides access to Exit 11, Pershing Avenue and Randall Avenue to F.E. Warren Air Force Base. Upon exiting, use Randall Avenue west to F.E. Warren Air Force Base Gate 1. The left two lanes continue south along Interstate 25 and U.S. 87. Photos taken 07/02/12 and 09/01/04.
Southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 meet Exit 11, Randall Avenue and Pershing Avenue. This is a major east-west route that connects Interstate 25 with Lincolnway in eastern Cheyenne, crossing most of the city. Randall Avenue begins at the northwestern corner of the four-block area that constitutes the state capitol complex, and it travels northwest to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, intersecting with both Interstate 25 and Pershing Drive at this interchange. The overhead sign was moved in 2011, leaving just the gore point sign to indicate the exit. Photos taken 07/02/12, 08/15/13, and 09/01/04.
Towering missiles mark the entrance to F.E. Warren Air Force Base. Photo taken 08/15/13.
The next exit along Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south is Exit 10D, Missile Drive east to downtown Cheyenne and west to F.E. Warren Air Force Base as well as Wyoming 210/Happy Jack Road west to Curt Gowdy State Park. Prior to 2013, Exit 10 consisted of two separate offramps: Exit 10B to F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Exit 10D to Missile Drive. These offramps were consolidated into one offramp. This interchange complex used to be one of two cloverleaf interchanges in the entire state of Wyoming; now it is a hybrid between a diamond and a cloverleaf. Photos taken 08/15/13, 07/02/12, and 09/01/04.
An auxiliary sign advises that access to Curt Gowdy State Park is via Exit 10D (Missile Drive and Wyoming 210/Happy Jack Road). Photo taken 07/02/12.
Prior to the reconstruction of this interchange, back in 2004 southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 met former Exit 10B, F.E. Warren Gate 2. This exit ramp is now gone, and all traffic departs on what is signed as Exit 10D. Note the "Road Closed" sign in the 2013 picture. Photos taken 08/15/13, 07/02/12, and 09/01/04.
This auxiliary sign for Wyoming 210/Happy Jack Road is located along southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 before the offramp to Missile Drive (Exit 10D). Curt Gowdy State Park is located in the Laramie Mountains along Wyoming 210. Named after a famous television sportscaster, Curt Gowdy State Park is home to two reservoirs (Crystal and Granite Lakes) along Crow Creek that were constructed to supply Cheyenne with a consistent water source. Photos taken 08/15/13 and 09/01/04.
To the central business district of Cheyenne, use Exit 9, Junction Business Loop I-80 and U.S. 30/Lincolnway. Photo taken 08/15/13.
Southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 meet Exit 10D, Missile Drive east/west and Wyoming 210/Happy Jack Road west. Ideally Wyoming 210 would take top billing on this overhead exit sign, since that is a somewhat major route leading into the Pole Mountain recreation area west of here. Missile Drive is also very important due to its role as an entryway into F.E. Warren Air Force Base. Photo taken 08/15/13.
The next exit along Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south is Exit 9, U.S. 30 and Business Loop I-80/Lincolnway. This interchange serves the central business district of Cheyenne and travels east into downtown. Photo taken 08/15/13.
After the Lincolnway interchange, the second exit is Exit 8B, Interstate 80 west to Laramie and Rock Springs. When signs were replaced in 2008 and 2010, the westbound control city for Interstate 80 was modified to include both Laramie and Rock Springs; previously, it had been only Laramie. Photo taken 08/15/13.
Hotels, gas stations, and restaurants line U.S. 30, which shares pavement with the Interstate 80 business loop between Interstate 80 and Wyoming 212 (College Drive); east of there, U.S. 30 follows Lincolnway on its own until rejoining Interstate 80 at Archer. Business Loop I-80 is not signed from the mainline of Interstate 25. Photo taken 08/15/13.
Back in 2012, this sign advised of the former State of Wyoming Information Center that used to be located at Exit 7 (Wyoming 212/College Drive). The welcome center was relocated the following year to Exit 4 (High Plains Road). As a result, this sign was gone by 2013. Tourist information is also available in downtown Cheyenne at the railroad depot off Lincolnway and Capitol Avenue. Photo taken 07/02/12.
Southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 reaches Exit 9, Junction Business Loop I-80 and U.S. 30, Lincolnway. U.S. 30 is also Business Loop I-80 at this point, but Wyoming declined to add a business loop shield on the signage here because it did not want to have any confusion with Exit 8, which is Interstate 80. Photos taken 08/15/13 and 09/01/04.
At the bottom of the offramp to Exit 9, we find a guide sign pointing the way to Business Loop I-80 and U.S. 30/Lincolnway east to downtown Cheyenne and west to Interstate 80 en route to Laramie. Photo taken 08/15/13.
Back on the mainline and after the offramp to U.S. 30 and Business Loop I-80, we find another reassurance shield assembly for Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south. Photos taken 07/02/12 and 09/01/04.
The next exit along southbound Interstate 25 is Exits 8B and 8D, Interstate 80. Exit 8B is the ramp to westbound Interstate 80, while Exit 8D is the connection to eastbound Interstate 80 (which in turn connects to U.S. 85/Greeley Highway). The control city for eastbound is Omaha, over 500 miles east of here, while the control city for westbound is Laramie, only 50 miles west of here. These signs were replaced in 2008, and the font was changed to Clearview. Photos taken 08/11/14 and 09/01/04.
This is the gore point signage from southbound Interstate 25 to westbound Interstate 80. Interstate 80 west connects Cheyenne with the cities along the southern tier of Wyoming, such as Laramie, Rawlins, Rock Springs, Green River, and Evanston. Photo taken 07/02/12.
The second ramp in this cloverleaf interchange is Exit 8D, Interstate 80 east to Omaha and to U.S. 85 south en route to Greeley, Colorado. These signs were replaced in 2008, and the font was changed to Clearview. Photos taken 08/11/14 and 09/01/04.
This is the gore point signage from southbound Interstate 25 to eastbound Interstate 80. To the east, Interstate 80 travels another 45 miles through Wyoming before crossing into Nebraska at Pine Bluffs. The freeway then travels east through cities such as Kimball, Sidney, Ogallala, North Platte, Grand Island, and Lincoln, before reaching Omaha. This exit is also marked for U.S. 85, which travels south to Greeley, Colorado, and travels north into downtown Cheyenne. Photo taken 07/02/12.
A power line corridor crosses over Interstate 25 just south of the Interstate 80 underpass. The tallest tower of this group carries lines through southern Cheyenne, connecting to a substation located off Walterscheid Boulevard. Photos taken 07/02/12 and 08/15/13.
As traffic from Interstate 80 merges onto Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south, we see signage for the State of Wyoming Information Center, which is located at the High Plains Road interchange (Exit 4). The welcome center was formerly located at Exit 7 (Junction Business Loop I-25, Business U.S. 87, and Wyoming 212/College Drive) until 2010. Photo taken 08/11/14.
Use Exit 7 to Laramie County Community College, which is located east of here via Wyoming 212/College Drive. Photo taken 07/02/12.
Southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 reaches Exit 7, Junction Business Loop I-25, Business U.S. 87, and Wyoming 212/College Drive. The business loop travels east on Wyoming 212, turns north on U.S. 85/Central Avenue, and merges back with Interstate 25 at Exit 12 in northern Cheyenne. Wyoming 212 is a half loop around the eastern side of Cheyenne, following College Drive and Four Mile Road. Photo taken 08/11/14.
When the freeway is closed, the beacons on this sign are flashing. Photo taken 07/02/12.
Visible from the freeway are the grounds of the former Wyoming welcome center. "The Greeting and the Gift," a sculpture grouping by Robert I. Russin of Laramie, Wyoming, was placed to commemorate Wyoming's participation in the nation's Bicentennial Celebration and was dedicated on January 30, 1977. The sculptures are accessible via the parking lot for the former rest area. Also seen here is a welcome to Wyoming sign. Photo taken 08/15/13.
The exit ramp to College Drive sits on top of a hill leading up from Clear Creek. Gas and food are available at this diverging diamond interchange. Photo taken 07/02/12.
Upon departing the freeway at Exit 7, prepare to turn left for Business Loop I-25, Business U.S. 87, and Wyoming 212/College Drive east or turn right for Clear Creek Parkway. Photo taken 08/11/14.
The interchange between Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 and Business Loop I-25, Business U.S. 87, and Wyoming 212/College Drive changed from a standard diamond interchange into a diverging diamond interchange in 2013. Stop signs were replaced with traffic signals at that time with the unique feature of having traffic cross over from the right to left side of the road while crossing the bridge. This configuration helps to keep traffic moving and limits queueing of vehicles on the on/off ramps. Photo taken 08/11/14.
Prior to the installation of a diverging diamond interchange at Exit 7, this sign used to point the way to Wyoming 212/College Drive east. Unsigned here were Business Loop I-25 and Business U.S. 87. This sign was gone by 2013. Photo taken 07/02/12.
Back on the mainline, we find this Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south reassurance shield assembly soon after the Wyoming 212/College Drive interchange. Photo taken 07/02/12.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the Wyoming-Colorado State Line (seven miles) and Fort Collins (37 miles). A dry summer saw smoke-filled skies in southeastern Wyoming in 2012. Photo taken 07/02/12.
Like much of southeastern Wyoming, high wind is possible if not likely along Interstate 25. This final high wind sign covers nearly the last five miles of the route within the state of Wyoming. Photo taken 07/02/12.
The next exit along Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south is Exit 4, High Plains Road (one mile). Photo taken 07/02/12.
A variable (changeable/dynamic) message sign is posted shortly before the offramp to High Plains Road. Photo taken 07/02/12.
When the lights above this sign are flashing, the freeway ahead is closed, and all traffic must exit at High Plains Road. Photo taken 07/02/12.
Use Exit 4 to the State of Wyoming Information Center; the center is located on the southeastern quadrant of the interchange. Photo taken 08/15/13.
When the lights above this sign are flashing, the freeway ahead is closed, and all traffic must exit at High Plains Road. Photo taken 07/02/12.
Southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 meet Exit 4, High Plains Road and Clear Creek Parkway. Photo taken 07/02/12.
The High Plains Road interchange is among the first in Wyoming to use roundabouts as part of the interchange. Photo taken 08/15/13.
This sign is posted at the High Plains Road. It shows the connections to the welcome center, Interstate 25 north, Interstate 25 south, and High Plains Road west. Photo taken 08/15/13.
A signature bridge carries High Plains Road over Interstate 25 with no center pillar. A similar design is found at the College Drive interchange (Exit 7) just north of here. Photo taken 08/15/13.
A set of Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south reassurance shields are posted shortly after the onramp from High Plains Road. Photo taken 08/15/13.
The next exit along Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south (and the last interchange along Interstate 25 south in Wyoming) is Exit 2, Wyoming 223/Terry Ranch Road. When this guide sign was replaced in 2008, note that the Wyoming 223 shield was added, and the exit tab was aligned to the right rather than centered. Photos taken 07/02/12 and 09/01/04.
Southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 meet Exit 2, Wyoming 223/Terry Ranch Road. Historically, Wyoming 223 is the old alignment of U.S. 87 before it was moved onto Interstate 25. The Terry Bison Ranch is a well known cattle ranch located south of Cheyenne and west of Interstate 25. Occasionally may be seen from the freeway. Photos taken 08/15/13 and 09/01/04.
This view shows the offramp from Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 south to Wyoming 223/Terry Ranch Road east. Photo taken 08/15/13.
These are the final reassurance route marker shields for southbound Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 in Wyoming. They are found immediately after Exit 2 (Wyoming 223/Terry Ranch Road). U.S. 87 will not be identified on any signs along southbound Interstate 25 until near Raton, New Mexico, with no mention of the route in Colorado along southbound Interstate 25; nevertheless, the Colorado state official map and other sources indicate U.S. 87 silently follows Interstate 25 throughout Colorado. As of 2005, there was a single U.S. 87 shield to be found on northbound Interstate 25 after the Interstate 70 interchange in Denver. Photo taken 09/01/04.
A single circuit power line crosses over Interstate 25 between Terry Ranch Road and the Wyoming-Colorado State Line. Photo taken 08/15/13.
We reach the final mile of Interstate 25 before the Wyoming-Colorado State Line. Photo taken 08/15/13.
Nearing the zero milepost of Interstate 25 and nearing the Wyoming-Colorado State Line we find a small parking area. At the southern end of the parking area is the State of Colorado welcome sign. Photo taken 08/15/13.
At the zero milepost of Interstate 25 and U.S. 87, the freeway departs Wyoming and enters Colorado. Mileposts for both Wyoming and Colorado are posted here. Motorists reenter the freeway from the parking area here. And so, Interstate 25 and U.S. 87 depart from the Equality State of Wyoming and enter the Centennial State of Colorado. Photo taken 08/15/13.
A bit further south, a 345kV single-circuit power line crosses over the freeway. Photos taken 08/15/13.


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