Free Outdoor Shooting Areas South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado area?

I’m on a week long road trip right now and brought some targets and ammo and cleaning supplies and would love to find a place to shoot outdoors in this beautiful part of the country.

I’m from Missouri where every county has a free outdoor range maintained by the department of conservation. What about this part of the country?

What does Wyoming, Colorado, or South Dakota have to offer?

BLM? silly, the good BLM Home Page | Bureau of Land Management


That sounds too good to be true! gotta read up on this!!

Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting | Bureau of Land Management :slight_smile:

Target shooting is generally allowed on BLM-administered public lands, as long as it is done in a safe manner, without damaging natural resources or improvements on public lands. Across all BLM-administered lands, discharging or using firearms, weapons, or fireworks is not allowed on developed recreation sites and areas except at sites specifically designated for that purpose. Check with your local BLM office for any additional restrictions on shooting.

Only thing I can complain about is I doubt the office is gonna be open tomorrow…

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You can usually find that info online by checking the local BLM district’s web page. Rules on Forest Service land are usually the same. My experience in the area you are traveling in is limited. But it is hard not to find spots where people have been shooting on public land in all the Western areas I’ve been too. Yahoos tend to leave all the TVs, appliances and other trash they have used for targets laying where they shot them. Though there are some areas where the locals clean up after the yahoos.

If you look at Google satellite imagery you can often see old gravel pits and other mined areas in hillsides where people regularly shoot. Just find a spot off the main roads with a very good backstop, no developed campsites or hiking trails nearby and no live trees behind your targets and you should be good to go.

There is a free outdoor range about an hour north of Denver heading to Vail.

I’m back home and thought I’d share my finds:

If you’re visiting Mt. Rushmore, the nearest tourist town is Keystone, SD. One of the locals told me I wouldn’t find this place on a map and he was right, but take Hwy 40 about 2 miles east of the city and there’s a gravel road on the south side of hwy 40.
It’s BLM land that the locals use for shooting, coordinates:
43.88422815469735, -103.37686704578587
I don’t think there’s an address there.

Then while in the Denver area we visited the city of Pueblo, and I found a spot called “Red Canyon” or “Dinosaur Flats” shooting range in the nearby mountains of Cañon City, CO 81212. Both on BLM or public land.

Red Canon is Google Maps and it’s the entry to the shooting area.

Take Garden Park Road aka Hwy 9, about 2-3 miles north from Cañon City, CO, and the entry will be on the west side of the road. It’s not clear to me if you can shoot right there by the main hwy. Maybe. But it’s worth driving the 2 or so miles back into the area if you like privacy. It’s closed when muddy, and even when dry, it’s good if you have some ground clearance and 4wd on the unpaved trail. There’s a section of the trail marked ‘no shooting next 1.1 miles’, then it opens up at the top of the hill and there’s several spots littered with shells, old electronics parts, glass, palates. People have had some fun up there!

Google Maps is the final location at the top of the hill, 38.53238488472307, -105.22948575515875 and the mountains give you a lovely echo of every round that’s worth taking off the ear pro to hear a few times!