Hours for Shooting Restricted in Two Locations on the Boulder Ranger District

Release Date: Nov 27, 2012  

Contact(s): Tammy Williams


Boulder, Colo. –  The U.S. Forest Service has issued a closure order to limit the hours when recreational shooting can occur in the Lefthand Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Area and the former Nederland Dumpsite on the Boulder Ranger District. Beginning today, in addition to other existing restrictions for these locations, recreational shooting activities can only occur during daylight hours (defined as one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset).    

This “Dusk to Dawn” closure is being implemented due to safety concerns regarding shooting at night. Both areas are heavily used for recreational shooting and multiple reports of shooting activities after dark have been received. Hunting activities are exempt from this order; however, the hours are similar to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife designated hunting hours.

 Violation of this order carries a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment of up to six months or both and a mandatory appearance in Federal Court.

All recreational shooters and forest visitors are responsible for keeping themselves informed of national forest rules and regulations.  Recreational shooting information, including etiquette, closures and rules and regulationsis available online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/targetshooting. Regulations for other activities can be found on the web at www.fs.usda.gov/arp or call visitor information services at 303-541-2500.