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Colorado State Parks Raises the ‘Barr’ for Archers

A woman shoots an arrow at a 3-D target. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

Archer Angie Fresquez shoots an arrow at a 3-D elk target. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

Bull elk, dinosaurs and epic sunsets are just a few of the attractions you’ll find at Barr Lake State Park’s archery range. Barr Lake is the latest state park to offer archery to its visitors as part of an ongoing effort by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to develop more public shooting ranges across the state.

“We are very excited to offer archery at Barr Lake,” said Park Manager Michelle Seubert. “Our park staff and volunteers have worked really hard over the past couple years to design and build our range. It is a great addition to our park’s already diverse offering of recreational activities, and one that has been extremely well-received among our visitors.”

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Barr’s range for the first time. Armed with my compound bow and camera, I enjoyed a fun evening of shooting. After a few subpar shots with my bow, however, I realized that my archery skills were a little rusty after an extensive layoff due to a nagging shoulder injury (good thing I didn’t draw an archery tag this year). Thankfully, my aim was a bit better with my camera, so I decided to spend the rest of the evening shooting photos of other archers, many of whom were busting bullseyes and flinging tight arrow groupings with relative ease.   Read more

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Archery Range Hits Bullseye

An archer takes aim on the competition-style shooting course. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

An archer takes aim on the competition-style shooting course. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

When Mitch Martin, manager at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, invited me to attend and photograph the grand opening of his park’s new archery range, I have to admit, I really didn’t know what to expect. The term “outdoor range” immediately evoked memories of summer camp back in middle school, which consisted of lobbing arrows at hay bales and flimsy, easel-mounted targets that toppled over in the slightest gust of wind.

What I discovered, however, is a modern, first-class shooting facility. Quite simply, Cheyenne Mountain’s archery range can be summed up in one word: awesome. Read more