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In the San Bernardino National Forest people can only shoot in designated and signed areas and only at certain times, due to fire danger rating. 

If an area is open, the activity level will dictate terms and conditions in which shooting can occur. Activity Levels can be obtained by calling (909) 382-2997 and listening for the Fire Danger Rating Area you are looking for.

Target Shooting areas are often closed due to fire restrictions, road conditions, and/or other safety issues. Adventure Passes may be required. 

  • Lightning Gulch, Big Pine Flats, and Arrastre are in Fire Danger Rating Area 692
    • Shooting will be allowed all day during activity levels 1 & 2
    • Shooting will close at 1:00 pm during activity level 3
    • Shooting will be closed all day during activity levels 4 & 5
  • 1N09 (City Creek Road) is in Fire Danger Rating Area 665

There are also three developed shooting ranges on the forest:

Link to Target Shooting Handout and Map (.pdf 768 kb)


  • Target Shooting rules apply to firearms, air rifles and gas guns.  This includes devices used in recreational paintball activities.
  • Shooters shall not use paintballs or other forms of ammunition that would result in visible residue except where authorized in ranges that operate under special use permit (see above).
  • Steel core, armor piercing or Teflon ammunition is not permitted. You may only shoot at a target which is dirt, paper, wood, clay pigeon, or a metal spinning/knockdown target. Pick up and dispose of your targets when you are done.
  • Shooters are prohibited from destroying any natural feature. Also prohibited is discharging a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property as follows: in or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area; or across or on a road or a body of water; or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result in such discharge.



For more information, please contact your local ranger station:

San Bernardino Supervisor’s Office (909) 382-2601

Front Country Ranger Station (909) 382-2851

Mill Creek Visitor Center (909) 382-2882

Big Bear Discovery Center (909) 382-2790

San Jacinto Ranger Station (909) 382-2921

Areas & Activities