Know before you go:
If you plan to shoot on National Forest System lands you’ll need to follow some rules. Know that areas you may choose to shoot in are closer to residential areas than you realize. If you see a sign that says the area is closed to shooting, please respect the sign because there may be conditions you are unaware of. More Info Here
Some Forest Service stage 2 fire orders include shooting restrictions and may be implemented at any time. Please be aware that Forest visitors are responsible for knowing and following any orders restricting use or access applying to the area they plan to shoot in. More Info Here
Where to shoot safely in the front range:
Participants who are new to sport shooting are encouraged to begin at a shooting range which has oversight by a Range Safety Officer. Beginning in a verified range helps new sport shooters learn safety protocol in a more controlled setting before deciding to engage in dispersed shooting. A list of shooting ranges in Colorado is available from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and can be viewed in the map below.
“Due to the complex urban interface, increasing populations and increase in recreational shooting there is a need for public land management agencies to work collaboratively to manage and provide safe and responsible Recreational Sport Shooting (RSS) across the Southern Front Range of Colorado. The Federal, State, and County land management agencies from the Southern Front Range have agreed to partner and develop an RSS strategy.
The partners will prepare a recreational sport shooting strategy within a project management structure that includes a Southern Shooting Partnership Board with a Chair and Co-Chair to lead the development of the RSS strategy.”
Key Combined Message for the Southern Shooting Partnership
- Public lands play host to a variety of recreational activities such as hiking, biking, camping, OHV riding, snowshoeing and much more, including responsible recreational shooting.
- The SSP recognizes the increasing demand for recreational sports shooting opportunities and other recreational activities. The goal of this Partnership is to work collaboratively to research, identify and create opportunities.
- This partnership supports outreach, education and educational resources to encourage safe, courteous, responsible and legal shooting.
- Recreational shooting, as with all recreational activities on public lands, are governed by federal, state and local regulations. It is the shooter’s responsibility to know where they are and which regulations apply.
- The SSP will not impose rulings or requirements on private lands.