An archer takes aim on the competition-style shooting course. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.
With the popularity of “The Hunger Games” movies and books, as well as television shows like “Game of Thrones”and films like “The Avengers”and “Brave,” participation in the sport of archery has skyrocketed in recent years. To meet growing demand, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has expanded its shooting-range operations, opening a state-of-the-art archery range at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
Nestled in the foothills southwest of Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain’s archery range is located just south of the park’s main entrance along Colorado Highway 115 and Pine Oaks Road. Since its grand opening in 2014, the range has attracted families and sportsmen alike, all eager to test their skills at this modern, first-class shooting facility that truly offers something for everyone. Read more
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
Archery is now more popular than ever. And there has never been a better time to explore your passion for archery. Whether you’ve been inspired by “The Hunger Games” films and are looking to shoot a bow and arrow for the very first time, or you are a proficient target shooter who’s ready to take aim at your first archery big-game hunt, the following resources will help you take your “game” to the next level.