Target Shooting Planning Efforts & Restrictions for Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Current Target Shooting Planning Efforts:   none

Some areas and access routes have been damaged by the 2013 Flood. Please see the latest closure order and information at


The areas listed below are closed to shooting

on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Closure Order Name
Closure Description
Urban Front Country Order UFC-01-14 (pdf, 19.75 KB)

Exhibit A- Arapaho and National Forests Vicinity Map (pdf, 605 KB)
Table G - Canyon Lakes Ranger District - North
(pdf, 38 KB)
Exhibit G- Canyon Lakes Ranger District- North Map (pdf, 9,315 KB)
Table H- Canyon Lakes Ranger District South
(pdf, 38 KB)
Exhibit H- Canyon Lakes Ranger District- South Map (pdf, 10,602 MB)

No discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except persons legally hunting in
accordance with Colorado law or discharging paintball guns. 36 CFR §

  • Within ¼ mile of County Road 44H (Buckhorn Road) from the National Forest boundary on the east to the old Buckhorn Ranger Station on the west.
  • Within ¼ mile of County Road 27 (Stove Prairie Road) from State Highway 14 (Poudre Highway) south, within the National Forest boundary.
  • Within ¼ mile of County Road 47 (Big Elk Meadows Road) from state highway 36 to Forest Service Road 118 (Johnny Park Road).
  • Within ¼ mile of County Road 117 (Christy Meadows) north of Highway 34.
  • Within ¼ mile of Greyrock Trail.

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