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Where to Target Practice near Colorado Springs
Hi, I've been searching all day for a place in the National Forest that I can go target practice. There's no shooting allowed in the entire Pikes Peak corridor and almost all of the area around Rampart Range Road has been closed to shooting. Does anyone know where I can go? Please provide directions if you can. Thanks in advance!
Not in that area, sorry.
Usually though you can just pick a Hwy, like say Hwy 24 and drive out looking for roads that are numbered and find a place to set up.
Thank you for your reply. Do you know if there are any good places off county road 25 (off Hwy 24, just west of Woodland Park)? I drove around for a couple hours yesterday around woodland park/cascade and didn't find any good spots. I just really don't want to spend all that time driving around again just to find no where to shoot... thanks again :)
Or if you haven't been out that way, do you know if it's at least legal to shoot there? I'm not seeing any restrictions, but I figure it's better to ask and make sure.
I think cloudcroft is from that area. Not sure though. You might shoot him a pm. I just don't go out that way to shoot. Only to ride the motorcycle.
I'll do that, thanks so much!
@ SigSauerChick: I just sent you a PM as I just happened (otherwise it might be days/weeks!) to check-in here (I don't check in often as this forum is a bit moribund, if you will, and technically, I'm no longer a "Colorado Gun Owner" but now a "Texas Gun Owner" -- so technically, may be disqualified from membership here now? ;-)

Anyway, as said in my PM to you, am posting my response here ALSO in case someone else asks the same general question in the future. Can't help you a whole lot but maybe SOME. See below:

Hello...I just happened to see this as I live in TX now and don't visit this (usually quiet) forum much, so it's weird I just checked-in and saw your post in the forum. Am sending this to you here as a PM but will also post in in the forum in case others ask the same question, and/or others can give you better info than I am doing. ;-)

Anyway, I lived in Colorado Springs (Talon Hill Apts on Voyager @ Semi-Cypress) for 3 years (2013-2016)...but never went out shooting "in the wild" (for several reasons), neither at local gun clubs/ranges in the Springs. I'm not into gun ranges as I like to do what you do: Go out "in the wild" and shoot. I do that here now that I'm back in's SO much easier to find places here to shoot out in the desert!

CORRECTION: I wrote 2 paragraphs right here about Mt. Herman Rd. (Monument, CO) but just did some checking and as I had heard 2-3 years aback, it's probably still CLOSED for shooting, so I deleted here what I wrote earlier. I knew about Mt Herman Rd. but did NOT know it was also called (?) the Rampart Range Rd. (or is that something different?) that you said FOR SURE was closed to shooters.

In this case then, I know of NOTHING in the Nat'l Forests in the Colorado Springs or Monument areas and it looks like (sadly) the only place to go shooting is at a gun range.

Sorry for my ignorance re: what the Forest Service had done re: Mt. Herman Rd. even though I WAS trying to help you...


There may be some places up in the hills near Boulder (like Switzerland Trail, a favorite of off-roaders in assorted 4x4s (Jeeps, pickup trucks, dirt bikes)...but it's a fairly mild trail in most places that an AWD vehicle with some ground clearance should be fine) but again, I just know the general areas, not specific "for sure" spots. Here is some info on it:

I THINK there are spots out there off Switzerland Trail to shoot because a Boulder-based YouTube channel ("The Fast Lane Car") does off-roading capability tests of cars/SUVs and pickup trucks up there and often you hear shooting going on in the background. Sometimes the noise interrupts the videos they're shooting. So (apparently) people find places just off the trail to shoot. Check it out though to be sure but for the same reasons Mt. Herman Rd. was closed to shooting ("to make it safe for hikers and 4-wheelers") it's possible "the authorities" may have done the same for the Switzerland Trail -- don't know. If they did though, it looks like gun-ranges only from now on, if no more "in the wild' shooting is allowed.

As a last resort (!), perhaps go to a local gun store in your neighborhood and ask where to go "in the wild' to shoot? Maybe a gun store in the Springs or Monument would know? Or maybe stop by the Monument City Police or the Sheriff's office in downtown Colorado Springs and ask?

On ANOTHER note, I see your avatar is a Sig-Sauer P238 -- what a coincidence: My Daily Carry (EDC) gun lately (as I've been sporting a "cute" look vs. "scary" as was my in-your-face big 9mm) has been my Sig-Sauer P238 "Nitron" (but now with different wood grips & laser-carved scorpions on it with Sig "rainbow" grip screws). Not sure how your carry yours (besides probably concealed -- I was an Open-Carrier my entire time in CO, and still OC here in TX now), but I also carry 2 spare mags in a small DeSantis black leather double-magazine pouch (nice -- hard to find small decent pouches for 380 magazines, and the DeSantis .380 pouches come in black or brow leather).

I have 6 mags for the gun and 5 are on me at all times: 3 are Sig-Sauer OEM 7-shot X-Grip mags and 2 are plain (no grip extensions) 6-shot mags but also stainless-steel like the OEM Sig mags are. One Sig 7-shot X-Grip mag is in the gun, two 6-shot mags (made by "Metalform," which has made top-quality mags for Colts, including for the Mustang 380, for YEARS!) are in the DeSantis (for a particular reason INSTEAD of the 7-shots) and 2 Sig 7-shot X-Grip mags are in my "biker vest" gun-magazine-pockets (yes, the vest* came with specific OEM pockets made for pistol magazines -- nice).

*vest is made by Legendary USA and is their "Gunslinger" model. :-)

I got great pricing on my P238 mags (both OEM Sig-Sauer and Metalform)...can let you know my source if you wish...

Good luck finding a shooting spot,

-- cloudcroft
Thank you Cloudcroft, I PM'ed you back
(10-10-2017, 09:43 AM)SigSauerChick Wrote: Thank you Cloudcroft, I PM'ed you back

Yes, got it and responded. Sorry for being a tad dazed & confused re: the National Forest Service & Mt. Herman Rd. BTW, I had read that shooters out there left huge amounts of trash and some "collateral damage" so people weren't happy about that kind of behavior, so it's possible shooters themselves helped get Mt. Herman Rd closed (besides the "safety factor" for hikers and such).

But re: something I DO know about (!), a source for quality magazines if anyone else has a Sig P238 and is looking for spare mags, Greg Cote's website is worth a look (and not only for Sig but other brands, too):

As mentioned, the 6-shot ($16.95) and 7-shot ($21.95) P238 stainless-steel mags made by Metalform are top-quality and the 7-shot has the "X-Grip" little-finger extension (his flat shipping fee is $6.95 regardless of how many items ordered) same as the OEM Sig mag does, whereas the OEM Sig 7-shots are $40 (or more).

If Greg doesn't have the Sig OEM X-Grip P238 mags, then get the Metalforms!

-- cloudcroft
I did finally find a good place to go where it's legal to shoot. There are a few small camp sites and a couple houses so just be cautious of that.

Go west on HWY 24 until you get to Divide (west of Woodland Park). Turn right (north) on Weaver Rd (first stop light I believe when driving into Divide. Stay going straight and it turns into County Road 5. Once you get into the National Forest it becomes Rule Road 357. There are a few small places along the road that is not considered part of the national forest so make sure to take a map. Also, as long as the roads are clear, 4 wheel drive isn't required for most of the road unless you want to drive further into the national forest. I drove out there in a sedan (Subaru). On google maps you can search for Rule Creek Trail and it should give you directions straight to where I've described (that's how I originally found it). If you have any questions, just reply to this thread or send me a PM.
Also Cloudcroft,
I ordered 2 magazines from Greg Cote. I paid less for both (including shipping) than I paid when I ordered 1 from sig sauers website! Thank you for referring his website!
(10-14-2017, 12:50 PM)SigSauerChick Wrote: Also Cloudcroft,
I ordered 2 magazines from Greg Cote. I paid less for both (including shipping) than I paid when I ordered 1 from sig sauers website! Thank you for referring his website!

Great...which ones did you get? OEM Sig, Metalform Sig, 6-shot, 7-shot w/ X-Grip?

I always get a minimum of 2 extra mags for any handgunI get, and since at least 1 comes with the gun, I buy 2 more for 3 total. I always carry spares for my EDC gun, and IMO 3 mags is "comfortable" number to have on me. Just in case. After all, aside from some street-trash in Colorado (even though not as much as some other states), there are lions, tigers and bears. Well, okay, maybe just bears.

I don't expect you'll have any trouble with them, but if you do Greg should take care of you. But if for whatever reason he doesn't, since *I* made the recommendation, I'll buy them from you for what you paid (including shipping) you're 100% covered! ;-)

Let me know how they're working for you (or not) -- test them out as soon as you can.

BTW...what ammo do you carry in your P238? HP's I guess, but which ones?

-- c

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