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    Free Public Shooting Ranges in Colorado

    Let's compile a list of free / open shooting ranges in Colorado. In other words, designated shooting areas that do not require a fee or membership. If you find a Web link with a spot, or know of a free shooting area, post below.

    FREE SHOOTING AREAS IN COLORADO
    (verified)
    Left Hand Canyon OHV Area - From Boulder, take Broadway north. Turn west onto Lee Hill Dr. Stay straight as it turns into Olde Stage Road. Turn west onto Lefthand canyon dr. Take that for 2 miles and there will be tons of cars parked together. Walk 100 yards up the little path that has bullet shells everywhere.

    Chaffee County Shooting Range - Between Salida and Buena Vista on Highway 285 at MM 137; adjacent to the Chaffee County landfill.

    Summit County Shooting Range - between Dillon and Keystone, just above the landfill. The street address is:
    639 County Rd 66
    Dillon, CO 80435
    Turn off U.S. Highway 6 at the landfill sign and follow the dirt road up to the scales. Stay to the right as you drive past the scales.

    Grand Junction - Past the airport at the base of the book cliffs. There is a designated pistol and rifle range.

    (unverified)
    Rampart Range Road - ?CLOSED? Start at The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and drive up for about 20 minutes. The range will be on your right.
    Hot Sulphur Springs - "just across the train tracks from hwy 40 "

    I-70 & Granby - ?

    Harris Park - PC hwy 46 between conifer and Bailey. Go all the way up 46 till you see the fire house on your right. turn right/turn left then follow the signs

    Mike Higbee State Wildlife Area - Four miles east of Lamar on US 50
    Last edited by ere109; September 6th, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

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    There's a BLM (I think) range just West of Hot Sulphur Springs on US-40 (west of Granby.) I've also seen a public shooting range in (I think) Gypsum that's right off of I-70.

    Unfortunately, there are very few decent public shooting ranges that are less than 50 miles from the Front Range, which makes it a PITA to find someplace to shoot.
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    I appreciate your ornery nature, but I've already done that Google Search. It lists paid ranges, as does Google Maps. I had also looked at the Department of Wildlife's site, but they also list only pay-to-shoot ranges, not free/open ranges. If people know addresses/locations, I could start listing them in the first post, so there'd be a semi-compiled list.

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    didn't there used to be something down off rampart in the springs? i know it was all trashed to hell... but i thought it looked like something that was intended to be free at one point... though i usually just rode by

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbx400 View Post
    didn't there used to be something down off rampart in the springs? i know it was all trashed to hell... but i thought it looked like something that was intended to be free at one point... though i usually just rode by
    Yes, it was closed by the USFS several years ago when someone was killed there. It was a mess. Dirty, unsafe, full of yahoo's from Fort Carson and wannabe gangsta's from CS. Made me embarrassed to be a shooter every time I drove by there.

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    .... i guess when you haven't been there in 7 years alot can change....

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    In junction there's two. Out in the desert past the airport at the base of the book cliffs. There is a designated pistol and rifle range. Both with covered area and the rifle range has shooting benches. The other is at the east end of C rd in the orchard Mesa area. No designated ranges but its open land and there are plenty of little gullies that you can use as backstops.
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