DOWNRANGE PASS INFORMATION
Requirements That Must Be Met Before Obtaining a Downrange Pass
Prerequisites to obtaining a downrange pass are (1) possess an annual recreation permit, (2) attend an annual downrange safety briefing, and (3) do a one-time registion of your firearms (if hunting). When purchasing a permit, your account is placed on administrative hold. Directorate of Public Works Wildlife Office will remove the hold after Range Control verifies that you have attended the mandatory annual downrange safety briefing.
The Block System
On Fort Carson, a downrange pass is generally available for 1 or more training areas termed a “block.” The pass is valid for a single block. When hunting is allowed at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS), generally the entire installation is available (excluding the cantonment) unless the firing ranges, safety fans, and training areas are being used.
Recreationists can obtain and print a downrange pass online at any computer with an internet connection and a printer or at a kiosk. The Fort Carson kiosk is located in the outdoor walkway on the south side of Building 6012, just outside Gate 1 on the south side of the road into the base. The PCMS kiosk is located in a shed near the main gate off highway 350.
When to Obtain a Downrange Pass
A downrange pass can be obtained after midnight on the day the areas are available. However, sometimes areas may become available later in the day; these areas will be posted as they become available for recreation. Range passes are obtained on a first come, first served basis.
Procedure for Obtaining a Downrange Pass
Select “Check-in/Check-out” at the top of the home page menu and complete the required information. If you use the kiosk to obtain the pass, take your time and do not try to rush the system. If the system seems to not be responding, wait and allow the system to process your information. If you attempt to speed the process by clicking return or submit more than once the check-in process may be aborted.
Downrange Pass Rules
- A downrange pass is valid for a specific block composed of one or more training areas for the date and time specified on the pass. PCMS return times are posted at the kiosk.
- The paper copy of the downrange pass must be placed on the vehicle dashboard so that the information is visible through the windshield.
- A downrange pass is required for hunting, by any method, at any location on Fort Carson or PCMS.
- A downrange pass is required for dog trainers using blanks or caps at any location on Fort Carson or PCMS. The Wildlife Demonstration Area and Outdoor Recreation Management Area/Bird Farm requires a downrange pass for dog training if you are shooting blanks.
- Mentors accompanying a youth hunter 17 years old or younger must have a downrange pass.
- A downrange pass can be revoked in the field by Fort Carson law enforcement or Range Control personnel.
- A downrange pass is not required on Fort Carson to fish in Northside, Haymes, West Haymes, Townsend, or Womack reservoirs. A downrange pass is not required to enter the Outdoor Recreation Management Area/Bird Farm unless you are training dogs with with blanks or caps. These areas are open 24 hours daily.
Recreationists must checkout at a kiosk by the required return time stated on the pass. Checkout is possible only at a kiosk.
If you cannot checkout at the kiosk or if there are problems Checking in you will need to go to Range Control and complete a manual Downrange Pass.
Changing a Downrange Pass
To change a downrange pass, the permittee must check out at the kiosk, and then obtain a new pass.