KELSEY CREEK NFSR 528G
Mile High Target Tailgating
KELSEY CREEK NFSR 528G
Mile High Target Tailgating
Only an hour from Denver, Colorado Springs, or Castle Rock the shooting area is free to the public, no reservations required, and open daily from dawn till dusk. Closed the first Monday of every month for maintenance except for holiday Mondays. Also closed the day after Thanksgiving through the 2nd weekend in December.
Kelsey Creek NFSR 528G is a small dispersed shooting area in the Buffalo Creek Recreation District that features an exceptionally large berm backstop and is best suited for pistols, skeet, and rimfire rifles. There are no services or conveniences so bring everything you need for tailgating and target shooting including target stands.
Set up your table, tailgate gear, targets, and target stands directly BEHIND your vehicle. Only use cardboard, paper, manufactured metallic (metal targets specifically designed for firearms), manufactured thrown-type clay (clay pigeons), manufactured polymer ground-bouncing, or self-healing firearm targets.
Please make a clear and obvious firing line with others. Everyone shoots SOUTH towards berm including skeet shooters. Communicate and work as a group to establish cease fires, cold ranges, and hot ranges. Never handle firearms during a cold range when others are past the firing line.
Depart the range better than you found it. Take out an EXTRA bag or two of trash with you. Leave no trace of your visit. It is forbidden to abandon any property, debris or litter in this area.
Keep it Clean Keep it Open
During extreme fire conditions known as RED FLAG days shooting indoors is the best option. Steel core rounds known as green tips can spark fires. Shooting tracer or any other type of incendiary rounds, and using exploding targets like Tannerite on the National Forest is illegal.
Weather in Colorado can quickly change from a bright sunny day to light rain, chilly gusty winds, a light snow fall, then a cold drenching thunderstorm, and back again to sunny skies. Bring extra clothing for weather and appropriate for the altitude.
Closures can be implemented by the USFS, County, or Range Officers. Federal closures may be in place even though the County does not or vice versa. Sign up for notifications about Kelsey Creek 528G closures.
This five-video series was created to help new and experienced target shooting participants have a safe and successful experience on public lands. From choosing a safe location to cleaning up afterward, each video in the series highlights an important aspect of target shooting.
Shotgun shells with biodegradable wadding no larger than number 7 bird shot is recommended. Incendiary or tracer rounds of any kind are NOT allowed. Please clean up your casings, shells, and plastic wadding.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in particular eye and ear protection equipment is required. Baseball cap and suitable clothing is highly recommended. Everyone must be wearing PPE before entering the shooting area.
Download our equipment checklist & map to Target Tailgate like a boss. Map includes alternate routes to avoid highway 285 traffic. Gear up and be completely prepared and equipped since there are no services or facilities.
Always include your First Aid Kit and tourniquet(s) with your gear anytime you head out to the range.
If you observe ANY unsafe condition, then shout as loud as possible
Safety is everyone’s responsibility!
Please watch video and complete these drills with Lena before coming out to the range.
Our nonprofit organization is devoted to improving this recreational target shooting area, keeping it clean, user safety, and educating the public about being responsible when on national forest land. We meet the First Monday of every month except holiday Mondays for maintenance, clean up, and improvements. Volunteer range safety officers (RSO) assist users with parking, keep activities running smoothly, and give advise on shooting techniques. Also, we sponsor a monthly shooting competition for pistol and revolver shooters every 1st Sunday at high noon. We are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit and registered charitable organization in the state of Colorado.
We meet the 1st Monday of every month except holiday Mondays. Please join us and help keep this mountain treasure open for all of us and future generations.
KEEP IT CLEAN KEEP IT OPEN
Your support will enable us to continue our clean up efforts, revitalize the area, and make improvements. Please consider volunteering and contributing to our cause with a donation. This is YOUR land. This is OUR land. Let's take care of it and give it some LOVE.
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Gear up and be prepared with our equipment list. See maps for alternate routes and local flair.
From the Denver metropolitan area take US HWY 285 South through Conifer to Pine Junction. At the traffic light in Pine Junction turn left (South) on County Road 126 (Pine Valley Road) and travel about 14 miles. After passing Redskin Creek Road (NFSR 550/Wellington Lake), Kelsey Creek NFSR 528G is the next right at the bottom of the hill.
Open during DAYLIGHT hours dawn till dusk. Closed the 1st Monday of every month for maintenance except on holiday Mondays. Also, closed the day after Thanksgiving through the 2nd weekend in December. USFS Rocky Mountain Region, South Platte Ranger District, Jefferson County, or Range Officers may close area to shooting at any time for various reasons. Know before you go and have an alternate range backup plan in place.
Friends of Kelsey Creek 528G a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Friends of Kelsey Creek 528G is headquartered in Morrison, Colorado
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