Other Activities

Target Shooting

  • Target  shooting is allowed on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest.
  • For recommended areas and additional information contact the local Ranger Districts
  • Contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife for shooting ranges

Fundamentals of shooting:

  • Treat every gun as if as if it is loaded. 
  • Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you do not intend to shoot. 
  • Keep your finger off of the trigger until your sights are on the target and you are ready to shoot. 
  • Always be sure of your target and what is beyond.

Did you know?

Ricochets can cause fires. Conditions in the forest can be dry at any time of year. When shooting firearms, please take safety precautions and be mindful that hot projectiles and sparks from ricochets can ignite fires in dry, grassy, brushy fuels.

Federal Rules:

According to the Code of Federal Regulations (title 36), recreational shooting can take place on the National Forests and Grasslands under these conditions:

  1. You are at least 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 an adjacent body of water. 
  3. You are not shooting into or within a cave. 
  4. You are not shooting in any manner or place where any person, property or resource is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge. 
  5. You are not firing any tracer bullet or incendiary ammunition.

Shooting Safe on your Forest


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities