Welcome to Fort Carson & Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site

iSportsman - Your Web-based Automated Recreation Service


**NOTICE** NEW RECREATION PERMIT FEE SCHEDULE (TYPE and RATES) IS IN EFFECT.  Go to "Access" then "Permit Information" or "Buy Permit" above for more information or to buy your permit.

**What does Fort Carson do with your permit fees? (click image to enlarge)

**Rainbow trout were stocked recently and will be stocked monthly throughout the summer.

**ATTENTION: Please read the bullets below before proceeding with iSportsman. There  is important information to read about the upgraded iSportsman before you proceed. Thank you.

  1. Ensure that the number you provide on your permit is a cell phone that is with you and can be used while on Fort Carson or Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS).

  2. When asked for a PIN, you enter any 4 digit numbers you want. 

  3. It takes about 2 business days to clear your Recreation Permit with Security at the Visitor Control Center (VCC; bldg. 2012) before you can get an 120-day visitor access pass to enter Fort Carson.  This does not apply to Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS).  Do not wait to buy your Recreation Permit on the same day you are wanting your 120-day access pass to Fort Carson (see New Visitor Access Policy below).  You can still get a 1-day access pass.

  4. Recreation Permits can ONLY be purchased Online now.  You may purchase your Recreation Permit by going to Buy Permit tab above and follow the instructions.  Recreation Permits can be purchased with a credit or debit card.  Please ensure you print your Recreation Permit and have it with you when recreating on the installations.  Recreation Permits are NO longer sold at MWR Outdoor Recreation or from personnel at PCMS.  If you need assistance with purchasing your permit or have questions, please call 719-526-8006 or 719-524-5393.

  5. Your new Recreation Permits purchased from this site will not have your name on it.  Only your Permit number and PIN will be on the Recreation Permits.  This is subject to change in the future.

  6. See information below on Visitor Access for Recreationist.


10 antlerless deer and 10 antlerless elk licenses available on first come first serve basis.

Information and the Application can be found by clicking HEREThe hunt code will be D-F-591-L1-R for deer and E-F-591-L1-R for elk. 


  1. Must be active duty.
  2. Must be a Colorado resident OR stationed in Colorado.
  3. Must have a statement from a physician.

Mail completed application to:  Colorado Parks And Wildlife, Attn: Wounded Warrior Program, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.

To see Colorado Parks and Wildlife Wounded Warrior Regulation click HERE.

Fort Carson requirements still need to be completed before going Down Range. For more information on Fort Carson recreation requirements go to "Access" tab at the top.  For more information on guided hunts, please call Range Control at 719-526-9717.  When leaving message, make sure to leave name, phone number, and reason for the call.  For more information call 719-526-8006.

*** For information on PCMS (e.g. closures and safety briefs) visit the ***
PCMS page under the Program Info tab.


Fort Carson has New Visitor Access Policy

Fort Carson (FC) changed its access control policies and procedures.  The purpose for these changes are to increase the installation's security posture and conform to regulatory guidance. The changes will impact all non-Department of Defense (DoD) ID card holders requesting unescorted access to the installation.  The following changes will take place:

  • All non-DoD ID card holders requesting unescorted access will be  required to undergo a NCIC III (criminal history background) check prior to accessing the installation.
  • A new pass format will be implemented that is tied to the individual and contains a photo of the individual and a bar code.
  • Personnel who do not pass the NCIC III check will be denied access to the installation.

All non-DOD ID card holder personnel requesting access will need to report to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) located at Building 6012, with a valid state or federally issued photo ID (driver's license if driving), vehicle registration, and proof of insurance (if applicable).  All personnel must have a valid reason for accessing the installation.

Re-occurring Access

  1. Purchase Recreation Permit from this web site and Print out the permit.  Go to Buy Permits tab above or click HERE.
  2. Take your printed Recreation Permit to the VCC.  They will conduct an NCIC III background check and if approved will issue you a 120-day pass.
  3. Show the 120-day pass to security guard when passing through the manned gates to recreate on Fort Carson.
  4. When your current 120-day pass expires you will have to go to the VCC and get a new 120-day pass issued.

NOTE: This new policy does not apply to Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) visitors.

Questions may be directed to:

  • VCC at (719) 526-2332
  • Security & Access Control Office at (719) 526-5543.
  • Any other problems with the process, you may call (719) 526-8006.


  • Camp Falcon is NOT open for hunting
  • Attention hunters - Fort Carson is not a Trophy Buck management area.  Our deer population has been drastically reduced via over harvest to research several methods to control chronic wasting disease (CWD).
  • All persons getting a downrange pass should be familiar with map reading and land navigation prior to accessing downrange areas.
  • The current FC/PCMS Regulation 200-6, "Wildlife Management and Recreation" can be viewed by clicking HERE.
  • Game Management Unit (GMU) 591 - All Elk and Deer need to be taken to Colorado Parks & Wildlife on Sinton Road for mandatory CWD testing.  Elk have recently tested positive for CWD in our area.  Deer will also have one lower incisor removed for aging and a DNA sample taken for genetic research on CWD.
  • DO NOT ENTER training areas that are not part of the Block on your Downrange Pass.


Checking Out at the Kiosk

You must check out at the kiosk when leaving Fort Carson or PCMS. If you cannot checkout, then turn in your pass at Range Control.

Additionally, if you have problems checking in or out with iSportsman, please go to Range Control to do manual check-in/ out.



Directions To PCMS 

The PCMS gate is located at mile marker 24, about 35 miles northeast of Trinidad and 50 miles southeast of La Junta on US Highway 350.  The installation is 35 miles from the nearest store or gas, so plan accordingly. For more information on hunting at PCMS please visit the PCMS page.