Shooting outside challenges archers with negotiating endless variables like varying distances and angles and every possible weather element, especially wind. Not to mention it’s extremely fun! Stepping outside of the controlled environment and shooting outdoors opens up the possibilities for the many ways to enjoy the sport. Check out these archery ranges around Denver that offer everything from regular ranges and bring your own target to mile-long trail 3D ranges.
Outdoor Archery Ranges Near Denver
Offering three archery ranges, HRCA Backcountry wilderness area has a 3-D Archery Range, Sight in Range and their original Wildcat Mountain Archery Range. Open from sunrise to sunset the Outdoor Center Range is open year-round with the Wildcat Mountain Range closed for the winter from Nov 1 – March 31. They offer day passes and season passes through HRCA Rec Centers and you don’t have to live in Highlands Ranch to use the ranges.
Self-proclaimed as one of the best in the state, the 3D range includes multiple elk, deer, bear and turkey targets along with sheep, goat, caribou, moose and more. The mile-long loop is placed throughout grassland with rolling hills and different elevations. From 10 to 90 yards, shots are challenging and varied to mimic realistic hunting scenarios and targets.
Regular Range/ Sight in Range
This range offers several bag targets placed at 10-yard increments up to 100 yards. There are several benches and picnic tables with a canopy tent for an enjoyable day of target shooting in the summer.
Wildcat Mountain Archery Range
The Wildcat Mountain Archery Range is a ‘bring your own target’ range.
Partnering with Quick Draw Archery, they offer summer outdoor lessons and classes at the Backcountry Outdoor Center Lesson Range. During an 8-week session, beginner and intermediate students aged 7-18 can learn range safety and USA Archery’s NTS Shot Cycle. For outdoor beginner lessons and classes, all equipment is provided. There are also private archery lessons, family lessons and ladies’ nights.
Open to the public, the Columbine Bowman Archery Range is through a partnership between Columbine Bowmen and Douglas County. This outdoor range has two trail courses and a practice range on 30-acres. On the two trail courses are 14 targets with ranges from 10 to 80 yards.
The Columbine Bowman Archery Range is located off State Highway 67, 12.5 miles west of Sedalia. The facility is open sunrise to sunset and year-round. The range has membership and daily fee options.
Situated on 105 acres of rolling prairie, Quail Run Sports offers sporting clays, a rifle range and of course, archery. The 21-station 3D target course is on 10 acres of timbered creek bottom. The targets are set up at various distances ranging from 20 to 60 yards varying from turkey to buffalo. It is set up to be realistic and challenging for any skill level from novice to advanced. There is also a 15 to 50-yard sight in range available.
Previously built and used by Coors employees, the Golden High Country Archery club is now a private archery club in Golden. The range includes a site in range, 20 3D lanes and a small clubhouse.
Membership is open to anyone and members can shoot at the range during daylight hours. While the membership is open to anyone, there is a membership cap. Residents of the city of Golden and active duty military can join the club at any time regardless of the cap. For all others, there is a waitlist. To inquire further, visit the website.
Along with their full-service pro shop and 40+ indoor lanes, No Limits Archery offers an outdoor range with sight in bales out to 100 yards. In the spring and summer, they also have 20 outdoor 3D range targets.
Located inside Bear Creek Lake Park, the archery range is included in the park admission fee. The range includes 12 bale targets, ranging from 10 to 80 yards and one moveable target for longer range practice. There is also 2 small shade shelters and picnic tables for you to enjoy.
The Archery Range located in the Aurora Reservoir Park is open during regular park hours and is free to use with a park pass. The range has 16 target bales from 15 to 65 yards.
In addition to the several outdoor pistol, rifle and shotgun ranges, the Family Shooting Center offers an archery range. There are 10 positions at 50 yards. For $10.00 you can spend the day practicing your shot outside.