February 1, 2024 Update:
- Operations building is 90% complete
- Utilities are being installed (well, sewer lines, electricity, fiber optic)
- Lead removal and remediation is complete
- Clear Creek County has budgeted an additional $250,000 for 2024 so progress can continue
- Target date to open:2025
Interactive Map of the USFS Final Decision regarding closures
The map allows you to zoom in or search by address to see where the closures will be. Please note that the closures will go into effect when shooting range is complete.
Since 2013, Gilpin County has worked with the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest (ARNF), Boulder, Clear Creek, and Larimer Counties, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (collectively the Northern Front Range Sport Shooting Management Partnership) to develop management strategies for recreational sport shooting on the ARNF. Recreational sport shooting (RSS) is a longstanding and legitimate use of Forest lands, however, increased recreation is making many areas unsuitable.
In recent years Colorado’s population has been increasing annually with the majority of this growth occurring along the Front Range. As population has increased, so have the number of people who live near and use the National Forest. The mixing of RSS activities on Forest lands in close proximity to residences and other high use public areas is causing safety concerns. Tragically, people have been struck by stray bullets and seriously injured on the ARNF.
A Recreational Sport Shooting Management Environmental Assessment (EA) was conducted by the ARNF as a part of the Front Range Partnership effort and the decision will amend the Forest Plan to address dispersed recreational sport shooting. Gilpin County spent several years evaluating multiple sites for feasibility for a new public range. The proposed location at Dumont, in partnership with Clear Creek County, was determined to be the best area because it is County owned land, there is an existing range, and the access, topography and utilities are favorable. Through a grant from CPW in 2019, Clear Creek County has hired the consulting firm CVA and Associates to complete a Conceptual Plan, including a Business/Operational Master Plan, for a new public shooting sports park. Drafts of documents associated with this project and process are available on the Clear Creek County website.
In May 2021, CPW awarded Clear Creek County an $860,000 Shooting Range Development Grant. The grant and $550,000 match will provide funding for approximately 50% of the estimated total cost ($2.8 million) of the project and will include: (1) lead mitigation and remediation of the existing site, (2) preparation of final design plans and technical documents needed for permits and construction, (3) installation of the necessary service infrastructure (e.g. water, sewer, storm drainage improvements), (4) sitework required for the new range reconfiguration, and (5) construction of the clubhouse; including restrooms, classroom, office, and retail space. When completed, the range will offer 45 public shooting lanes and 2 action bays.
In November 2023, Gilpin County and Clear Creek County are both pleased to announce a big step forward in the Sport Shooting Park Project as Himmelman Construction broke ground on the new public shooting range in early October. In addition, Metals Treatment Technologies (MT2) has completed lead remediation and mitigation on the Clear Creek County owned site, which was formerly leased by a private gun club. Clear Creek County is still seeking a concessionaire to run/operate the Sport Shooting park, interested parties should reach out to Lisa Leben at 303.679.2434.
Learn more about the Sport Shooting Partners collaborative on their website.