Black Mesa Ranger District

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Black Mesa Ranger District is the westernmost ranger district on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Located only 2 1/2 hours from the Phoenix Metro area, the district is a popular destination for residents of the valley looking to escape the summer heat.

Guidelines for Target Shooting on The Black Mesa Ranger District

You may NOT discharge a firearm or any other weapon (including paintball guns, air guns, archery, slingshots, etc):

  • Within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied campsite
  • Across or on a Forest Developed Road, across a body of water or stream, or across a canyon
  • In any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge (36CFR 261.10d)
  • With any tracer bullet or incendiary ammunition (36CFR 261.5b)

Choose a remote area with an earthen backdrop. ALWAYS know where your bullets are going. Look at a map, know before you go.

View shooting restrictions within the Black Mesa RD area including the Rim Lakes Recreation Area.

View a map of Rim Lakes restricted shooting area

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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