Shooting in Arapaho National Forest


March 12, 2012, 06:50 PM
So I've been out to the Cherry Creek Family Shooting Center, but it's kind of expensive (especially with park fees), and given I live pretty close to the Arapaho National Forest, and after calling them (to which I got a dodgy answer of look at the website, and that there is a lot of private land), and viewing their website, I'm not sure if I'm any closer to understanding where's acceptable to shoot around here.

I'm specifically looking for what's open in the Clear Creek Ranger District, but really anywhere close to Denver/Boulder/Idaho Springs - Pike's a bit far.

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March 12, 2012, 10:25 PM
You live in an urban area?
So you want to go shoot where there are no (well, not too many...)urban A-holes sharing the range with you i.e. Arapahoe NF ?
AND you don't want to drive too far?

My not too tongue-in-cheek answer is to either buy a 4-wheel drive vehicle and drive 50-75 miles into the forest or join a private gun club and participate in the democratic process.

Sorry if I sound too snarky but:

Probably, its just my bourbon talking to you.


March 12, 2012, 11:06 PM
Get a current map and go shooting.

March 12, 2012, 11:21 PM
Recreational shooting has been a longtime use of the National Forests and Grasslands. There are no designated shooting areas on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP). Over 99 % of the ARP is open to target shooting out of 1,586,434 total acres. For information on places to shoot, regulations, target restrictions and more...
Restrictions are at this Link.!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8zPyhQoY6BdkOyoCAGixyPg!/?ss=110210&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=stelprdb5163234&navid=110000000000000&pnavid=null&position=Not%2520Yet%2520Determined.Html&ttype=detail&pname=Arapaho%2520&%2520Roosevelt%2520National%2520Forests%2520Pawnee%2520National%2520Grassland-%2520Recreation

1. You are further than 150 yards from a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation area or occupied area.
2. You are not shooting across or on a National Forest System Road or adjacent body of water.
3. You are not shooting in any manner or place where any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge.

Now having posted all of that, I don’t know of any specific place to go. I’d get a forest service map, find a dirt road and make sure you’re not on private property.

I go to Cherry Creek Family Shooting Center quite a bit for clays. The main problem with the rifle and pistol ranges isn’t the expense, it’s the crowds.

March 13, 2012, 04:27 PM

I need to shoot outside, and I live within a few miles of the ANF, but long drive away from Cherry Creek. Rather shoot closer-by and at lower expense, if possible.

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