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Public and private shooting ranges in Northwest Colorado

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Craig

Bears Ears Sportsman Club

Location: Moffat County Road 7

About: Beas Ears Sportsman Club is a private club working toward advancing the shooting sports skill, according to the group's website, bearsears.org. The members focus on a variety of shooting disciplines, including cowboy action shooting, three-gun competition, bowling pin shooting, NRA bullseye competition and 4-H shooting sports. The range is open to the public Dec. 1 through March 31, as well as the first Friday and Saturday of every month.

Contact: Craig Rummel, 970-824-7538

Wyman Living History Museum Archery Pitch

Location: 94350 East US Highway 40.

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About: In 2014, the Wyman Museum added a 60-yard archery pitch, which the community can use for free, to its grounds. After shooting a few arrows, you can explore the fantastic collection of artifacts in the museum or visit with Junior, the resident pet elk.

Contact: Lou Wyman, 970-824-6346

Craig Trap Club

Location: US Highway 40, Moffat County Road 64; First driveway on the right

About: Craig Trap Club is a local club dedicated to the safe and fun enjoyment of trap shooting.

Contact: Larry Neu, 970-629-8437

Hayden

Hayden Shooting Range

Location: Three miles south of Hayden on Routt County Road 37

About: Hayden's range is a free outdoor range operated by Colorado Parks & Wildlife with accommodations for long gun, pistol and shotgun. Usually only slightly crowded on weekends, this range is perfect for uninterrupted shooting. Open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

Contact: CPW, 970-870-2197; Rainbow Sporting Goods, 970-276-3425

Steamboat Springs

Three Quarter Circles Sporting Clays

Location: 26208 U.S. Highway 40

About: According to Quarter Circles' website, "The course, which involves 12 log-shooting platforms, is designed to accommodate beginners, seasoned competitors or sportsmen who simply want to sharpen their marksmanship. It can be modified daily to accommodate individuals or a team, camaraderie or competition, sport or training. The ranges are open seasonally May 1 through Oct. 30, weather permitting. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and weekdays by appointment."

Contact: Three Quarter Circles Ranch, 970-846-5647; Three Quarter Circles Clubhouse, 970-846-5647

Routt County Rifle Club

Location: Three miles west of Steamboat Springs on US Highway 40, adjacent to M&M Auto Company.

About: It’s a private club but that accommodates five-stand, skeet shooting, rifle outdoors, handgun outdoors, trap shooting, competition shooting, night shooting and semi-automatic. Three days prior to first and second rifle season the range is open to the public, with range officers available for assistance, for sighting. There is a $5 fee per riffle.

Contact: Elk River Guns at 970-979-7565

Meeker

Meeker Sportsman’s Club

Location: 36684 Colorado Highway 13

About: It’s a private club that accommodates skeet shooting, rifle, handgun, trap shooting and more. According to their website, "The Meeker Sportsman’s Club is a great location to sight in your rifle before the big hunt, or join others from the area in some friendly competition."

Contact: Meeker Sportsman Club at (970) 878-3456

Rifle

Rifle Sportsmen’s Club

Location: 0194 Garfield County Road 244

About: The Rifle Sportsmen’s Club is a private non-profit organization dedicated to preserving shooting sports. You must be a member in good standing to access the club outside of sanctioned club events.

Contact: Rifle Sportsmen’s Club, 970-625-1050

Walden

Walden Public Shooting Area

Location: Jackson County Road 12 off Colorado Highway 14

About: The Walden range is a public facility operated by Colorado Parks & Wildlife with ranges up to 200 yards to accommodate pistol and rifle shooters. No scattergun facilities.

Contact: CPW, 970-870-2197

Kremmling

Blue Valley Sportsman Club

Location: Mile Post 128.1 on Colorado Highway 9, approximately 27 miles north of Silverthorne

About: The Blue Valley Sportsman Club is a members-only non-profit corporation. The original range facility was located off Williams Peak Road and was later relocated to its current location on private property of Colorado Highway 9. The range is not open to the public, except for three scheduled shoots.

Contact: Steve Schake, 970-724-9368

Grand Junction

North Desert Range

Location: From I-70, take the Horizon Drive exit. From the off ramp, go northeast on Horizon Drive, heading towards the airport. Take a left on H Road and follow around the curve to 27-1/4 road. Turn right on to 27-1/4 road and travel one-and-a-half miles; you will see the trails off to your right.

About: Free range open for pistol, rifle and scattergun. According to BLM, "The North Desert is characterized by barren hills of mancos shale along the base of the Bookcliffs. The Grand Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area is located in the North Desert, consisting of 17-square miles of desert open for cross-country travel."

Contact: Grand Junction Field Office a (970) 244-3000

Grand Mesa Slopes Range

Location: 34 and C road

About: The Mesa Slopes area offers rewarding views into the Grand Valley and recreation opportunities along the Gunnison Bluffs. Opportunities exist for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding from multiple trailheads as well as a designated shooting range.

Contact: Grand Junction Field Office a (970) 244-3000