Target Shooting on Public Land
Target shooting can be a fun and challenging activity and is generally allowed on public lands in Colorado except in developed recreation sites or areas. Target shooting may also be restricted in some units of the National Landscape Conservation System.
If you have specific questions on areas that may be appropriate for target shooting please contact the BLM Field Office you plan to visit.
Shooting and possession and use of firearms are allowed on public lands managed by the BLM as long as the activity:
• Does not create a public hazard, public nuisance or direct threat to public safety and use. This includes the shooting any weapon from, across, or toward any road or trail, regardless of the road or trail surface, shooting in an unsafe manner, or shooting in an unsafe direction.
• Does not damage or destroy natural features, native plants, cultural resources, historic structures or government/private property. This includes using any vegetation or structure as a target, backstop, or target holder.
• Does not facilitate and create a condition of littering, refuse accumulation and abandoned personal property. The shooting of any glass bottle, container, or material that would break into small pieces and create a hazard or litter is prohibited. All spent shells or brass are considered litter and must be removed by the shooter.
• Does not violate an existing use restriction, closure order or supplementary rules notice.
In addition you must not possess or discharge a firearm or explosive device in violation of any Colorado State Law. This includes possession of a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon in violation of State law, and the possession or control any firearm, other than a pistol or revolver, in any motor vehicle unless the chamber is unloaded.
Additional Colorado firearms regulations can be found at the following website: