RECREATIONAL ACCESS SUMMARY
The principal use of Department of Defense (DOD) lands and waters is to support mission related activities; all other land uses are subordinate. Fort Carson lands and waters are available for non-military purposes in accordance with (IAW) Army Regulation 200-1 (Environmental Protection and Enhancement), Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP), Sikes Act, and Army directives and policies when compatible with the military mission, installation safety and security, ecosystem sustainability, natural resources management, and fiscal responsibility.
Outdoor Recreation is broadly defined as hunting, scouting, fishing, photography, watching wildlife, botany, birding, collecting antler sheds, and similar activities. Possession of a State hunting or fishing license, a Federal Duck Stamp, or a Fort Carson recreation permit does not guarantee access to Fort Carson (FC) or the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS). Firewood collection is also available downrange and access (i.e., permits, range passes) is completed through the iSportsman website, but the firewood program is managed by DPW Forestry. Go to "Firewood Collection Program" above for information on firewood collection.
REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL ACCESS
Step 1 - Purchase your Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Hunting Permit(s) :Click Here
**You do not need a Colorado fishing license to fish on Fort Carson - you only need a Fort Carson Fishing Permit** Recreationist are required to obtain and carry the appropriate State or Federal licenses for any activity requiring a license or permit. Current State and Federal requirements are available online.**
Step 2 - Register for a Free iSportsman Account: Click Here
Step 3 - Read the entire FC regulation 200-6: Click Here
Step 4 - Read the Hold Harmless Agreement: Click Here
All permittees, mentors, and non-participants are required to read this agreement. You will need to read and acknowledge the form when you register, buy a Recreation Permit, and get a Downrange Pass.
Step 5 - Annual, Mandatory Downrange Safety Briefing: Info
- Taking the annual, in-person downrange safety briefing is required prior to obtaining a recreation permit and downrange pass. Briefings are valid for the same period of the Recreation Permits, that is, they are valid until March 31. For in-person range safety brief class details CLICK HERE
- A separate, annual fishing and camping safety brief is required for all fisherman and those who wish to purchase a camping permit. It will be available inside your iSportsman account.
Step 6 - Purchase a Fort Carson Recreation Permit
A Directorate of Public Works (DPW) recreation permit is required for all outdoor recreation at FC and PCMS, except at Turkey Creek Ranch and Camp Falcon Recreation Areas. The permit is valid on either installation from 1 April or the date of purchase, through the following 31 March. *Must be purchased from your registered iSportsman account and WILL NOT be available until after you've completed the annual safety briefing.
Step 7 - Register Firearms
Firearms, including muzzleloaders, rifles, shotguns, and handguns, must be registered with the Fort Carson Provost Marshal’s Office before transporting onto Fort Carson or PCMS. Firearms are registered by submitting a completed Fort Carson (FC) Form 66-E (Registration of Personal Firearms). Firearm registration is done one time and may have multiple weapons listed on a single registration form.
- To print or download the FC 66-E: clicking here for .docx format OR click here for .pdf (If download does not work, try using a different browser or right click the hyperlink with your mouse, select "Save Target As" and download file to your computer) to see and download the FC Form 66-E. Go to "Firearms Registration/Information" under the "Access" dropdown tab above for more information.
Step 8 - Obtain a Daily Downrange Pass
A downrange pass is required to enter any training area for wildlife recreational purposes or firewood collection on Fort Carson and PCMS. A downrange pass is valid for a specific area or a combination of areas and for the date and time specified on the pass. When downrange, a printed-paper copy of the pass must be placed on the vehicle dashboard. A downrange pass is not required to fish Womack, Townsend, Haymes, and Northside reservoirs. Possession of a valid permit is required to obtain a downrange pass.
Downrange passes can be printed from your iSportsman account after you have completed checkin in for access through your dashboard. During the weekends, if the iSportsman website goes down (such as - no one - including admins can login) and no one can check in from the website, you can check in manually at the range control building 9550 to access the open areas. Range operations and law enforcement reserve the right to deny recreationists manual checking in due to staffing and/or any safety concerns. All checkouts will be done at range control, bldg 9550 before 9:30pm. Failure to checkout at range control by the required return time will result in your account being placed on administrative hold for 6 months, which means you cannot get a downrange pass until the hold is removed.
Go to "Downrange Pass" under the "Access" dropdown tab for more information.
Step 9 - Vehicle Entry
- All non-DoD ID card holders requesting unescorted access can find instructions for access to Fort Carson by clicking HERE.
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) 725-4682.
Entering Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site
To enter PCMS, all recreationists must use the main gate, located on US 350, north of Model, CO and 32 miles northeast of Trinidad. Identification requirements are the same as at Fort Carson.
Crossing the Boundary
Crossing the installation boundary and entering private or public lands adjacent to Fort Carson or PCMS is prohibited. The only exception is recreationists possessing a permit and range pass may cross the eastern boundary of PCMS to enter Comanche Grassland, U.S. Forest Service property.