Sierra Madre Scenic Drive: Medicine Bow National Forest is a 52 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Encampment, Wyoming that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible from May until November.
The route takes Hwy 230 west out of Laramie to Hwy 130 north to I-80. The total drive time from Laramie to Riverside (the end of scenic drive) and north to I-80 is actually two hours.
I took this as a side trip from Kansas City to Salt Lake, which I have made many times. Looking for a diversion, I took this route and enjoyed the views. It was apparent their are some trails and camping areas to explore in the future. Nice side trip off I-80, doesn't cost you much time, well worth it.