Target Shooting Planning Efforts and Restrictions on the Boulder Ranger District

Current Target Shooting Planning Efforts:  Allenspark Recreational Shooting Project Environmental Assessment. This project will address the safety concerns that led to an emergency closure of approximately 132 acres of National Forest System lands to recreational shooting. 

Some areas and access routes have been damaged by the 2013 Flood please see additional restrictions at : www.fs.usda.gov/goto//arp/floodrecovery Please see the latest closure order and information at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/targetshooting

 

The areas listed below are closed to shooting
on the Boulder Ranger District
Closure Order Name Closure Description
10-01-2012-09, Former Allenspark Dump Closure, dated 12/12/2012 (pdf, 14.73KB), Map (pdf, 454KB), press release No discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun except for legal hunting purposes.
Paintball guns are excluded from this restriction.
Order No. 10-01-2012-10, Lefthand Canyon, 30 acres "Slot Canyon" recreational shooting closure, (PDF, 65KB) and Map (pdf, 1.4 MB) No discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun except for legal hunting purposes.
UFC-01-12, Urban Front Country, Occupancy and Use, Lefthand Entrance, Map Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except persons legally hunting in accordance with Colorado law or discharging paintball guns

 

Order No. 10-01-2013-01, Brainard Lake Recreational Area, Map

 

No discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun except for legal hunting purposes.
10-01-2012-11, South Nederland Shooting Closure, dated 12/19/2012 and Map No discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun in the Restricted Area.
 ARP- BRD-2014-02 Boulder Ranger District Flood Related Shooting Closure (pdf, 312KB), Map (pdf, 629 KB) No discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun in the Restricted Area.

Additional Information:

Remember to follow all shooting regulations and restrictions, and use only approved targets. On the ARP approved targets are: cardboard targets, paper targets, manufactured metallic targets (metal targets specifically designed for firearms), or manufactured thrown-type clay targets (clay pigeons). Please note: exploding targets are not permitted.

Tracer bullets have been identified as a cause of a fire on the Pawnee National Grassland (see news release). Tracer bullets are illegal on National Forest System lands.

Use only approved targets with a safe backstop. Remember a safe backstop is one that will stop a bullet. Make sure not to attach your targets on trees, log decks, slash piles, fences, water tanks, or other improvements. 

Be aware of:

  • Other people recreating in the area and take extra precaution to avoid recreators when shooting
  • Livestock in the area and take extra precaution to avoid cattle when shooting