Target Shooting Planning Efforts & Restrictions for Clear Creek Ranger District

Current Target Shooting Planning Efforts:  none


The areas listed below are closed to shooting

on the Clear Creek Ranger District

Closure Order Name
Closure Description





Barbour Forks Trailhead Area:No discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun except persons legally hunting turkeys, waterfowl, small game or big game animals and persons discharging paintball guns, ¼ miles in all directions from the trailhead.




Beaver Brook (pdf 13.6 KB)
Map (pdf, 594KB)
Beaver Brook Trailhead Area: Beaver Brook Watershed from the Old Squaw PassTrailhead, west one mile to the intersection of the Beaver Brook Trail and the North BeaverBrook Road. No discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, including paintball guns, except for persons possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting andharvesting game. (Order No.10-07-2012-01)


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, self-healing, manufactured metallic targets (metal targets specifically designed for firearms), or manufactured thrown-type clay targets (clay pigeons) No wooden backing allowed. Please also  note: exploding targets and tracer bullets are not permitted.


Only use the approved targets named above with a safe backstop 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

For safety reasons, it is important to disperse yourself while shooting. Have a map of the area, as much of the Forest and Grassland is intermixed with private land. Once confirming you are on National Forest System lands in an area not closed to recreational shooting, confirm you have a safe backstop.

Conditions on the Forest and Grassland can be dry at this time of year. Those who start wildfires may be held responsible for suppression costs. When shooting firearms, please take safety precautions and be mindful that hot projectiles and sparks from ricochets can ignite fires in dry grassy areas and in other dry brushy fuels.

See also Target Shooting Etiquette for  other tips on safety.

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.

Learn more about Recreational Sport Shooting efforts in Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Larimer counties on  the  Northern Front Range Sport Shooting Management Partnership website.