Laws & Policies


To effectively manage a national park unit and plan for its future, a basic understanding of a park's resources, values, and history is needed - a foundation for planning and management. These are call foundation documents. Foundation documents are at the core of each park's planning portfolio.

Each foundation document aims to answer critical questions such as:

  • What is the purpose of this park?
  • Why was it included in the national park system?
  • What makes it significant?
  • What are its fundamental resources and values?
  • What legal and policy requirements, special mandates, and administrative commitments apply to this park?
  • What are the park's key planning and data needs?
Fort Laramie NHS completed its Foundation Document and Overview in February 2017. Both documents are available in PDF format. The download files are attached below.


Foundation Document


The purpose of the compendium is to provide the public and park employees with a document that lists the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent. The Fort Laramie NPS Superintendent's Compendium may be downloaded from the link below. The signed Compendium is on file. A copy of the signed document may be obtained by contacting the park and requesting it. The text can be downloaded here 2020 Superintendent's Compendium


As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, was enacted May 22, 2009 and will become effective February 22, 2010. Section 512 of this law; Protecting Americans from Violent Crimes, supersedes the uniform treatment of firearm possession in the national park system outside Alaska under the regulations found at 36 C.F.R. 2.4.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. Fort Laramie National Historic Site is located in Wyoming whose regulations are listed below.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park (such as visitor centers, government offices, maintenance facilities, etc.); those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Hunting and discharge of firearms remain prohibited at Fort Laramie National Historic Site


Open Carry Allowed
Handgun = Yes
Rifle = Yes
In Vehicle = Yes
Age Requirement = None

Concealed Carry Allowed - Permit Required
Person = Yes
Vehicle = Yes
Age Requirement = 21 years of age

Link to Wyoming State Firearms Information


Last updated: April 13, 2020

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965 Gray Rocks Road
Fort Laramie, WY 82212


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