What do landowners want?
We would like Natrona County Commissioners to respect the rights and recognize the responsibilities (and liabilities) of landowners when seeking to provide public access to the Bridle Trail. If you agree with us, please consider contacting Natrona County Commissioners: Ed Opella (258-5422) Bob McDowell (262-3286), Rob Hendry (259-6201), Matt Keating (259-8308) Terry Wingerter (237-2126)
Trespass Laws in Wyoming
What are the rights of the public to cross private lands to access public land?
The public may cross private lands to access public lands when a public road or right-of-way (easement) for public access exists across the private lands. In all other circumstances, the public must first obtain permission from the landowner to cross private lands. The landowner is not obligated to grant such permission.
What are the State of Wyoming’s trespass laws?
Two separate Wyoming Statutes pertain to public trespass:
1. W.S. 6-3-303 Criminal trespass:
(a) A person is guilty of criminal trespass if he enters or remains on or in the land or premises of another person, knowing he is not authorized to do so, or after being notified to depart or to not trespass. For purposes of this section, notice is given by:
(i) Personal communication to a person by the owner or occupant, or his agent, or by a peace officer; or
(ii) Posting of signs reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders.
(b) Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750), or both.