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.

CLICK HERE for Shooting Restrictions within the Black Mesa RD area including the Rim Lakes Recreation Area.

MAP  of Rim Lakes restricted shooting area

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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