OPEN AREAS FOR RECREATION ON FORT CARSON
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Notice: Open areas for Fort Carson are updated each week on Thursday or Friday during hunting seasons - otherwise closed until dates and blocks are updated.
Downrange is CLOSED for recreation during the week Mon - Fri, unless otherwise stated.
FORT CARSON HUNTING & NON-CONSUMPTIVE RECREATION: OPEN - SEE BELOW FOR DATES AND BLOCKS
If there has been rain or snow on Fort Carson it is HIGHLY suggested that you call Range Operations @ 719-526-5698 before you head downrange to verify the road conditions. If the road conditions are RED, there will not be any hunting available. Safety is our # 1 priority.
Check this page often to ensure changes have not occurred, such as:
- Training Area or Block closures
- High Velocity to Low Velocity
- Changes or closures due to military training priorities, needs, or emergencies
Fort Carson hunters: Civilians must have ALL credentials with you when going to the Visitor Control Center at Gate 1. At a minimum this includes your:
- Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) hunting tag
- Valid Fort Carson Recreation permit
- Valid identification
- Valid vehicle registration and insurance
****THE ISPORTSMAN KIOSK AT GATE 1 IS OUT OF ORDER AT THIS TIME**** Replacement equipment is on the way.
During the weekends, if iSportsman goes down and you can't check in from the web, you must check in manually at the range control building 9550 to access the open areas.
CHECKING IN (to go downrange): checking in can be done from your account on iSportsman, on any computer/smart phone with internet access. Check in for a daily downrange pass can be done any time after 2200 hours the night before, but access to downrange is not until 0400 hours the day of your pass. Make sure to print your downrange pass or save it to your smart phone. If you save your pass to your smartphone, you have to fill out your own paper pass containing the info from your iSportsman downrange pass and place on you vehicle's dashboard to be in view at all times.
CHECKING OUT (to leave downrange): checking out MUST BE DONE IN-PERSON AT RANGE CONTROL (Bldg. 9550) NO LATER THAN 2130 hours. If you check out late your account will get put on an administrative hold, which can only and MAY be removed by contacting Fort Carson Conservation Law Enforcement Officers, otherwise the hold will expire after 6 months.
The Bird Farm Recreation Area is open for NON-CONSUMPTIVE recreation ONLY unless otherwise advertised. This includes:
- dog training with or without caps/blanks,
- photography, etc.
To recreate in the Bird Farm you must get a down range pass. Note that the Bird Farm has a maximum occupancy of five people and you are required to stay at least 50 feet from any active bird nests, including the artificial bird nest boxes.
Prairie Dog Hunting: CLOSED
We have had several reports of hunters using game cameras in a prohibited manner. Please note that as in most areas, Fort Carson follows CPW rules regarding legal game camera use. Specifically, the following is NOT allowed: "Use [of] live-action game cameras to locate, surveil, or aid/assist in locating/surveiling game wildlife in order to take/try to take wildlife during the same or following day. "Live-action game camera" is any device capable of recording and transmitting photographic/video data wirelessly to a remote device (such as a computer or smart phone)."
REMINDER: FOR GMU 591: Bulk elk taken in all seasons must have 4 points or more on one antler OR a brow tine of 5 inches or more. For more information go to: https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/BigGame/Elk-Antler-Point-Restrictions.pdf
Hunting & Other Recreation : OPEN October 16th - 17th (Sat - Sun)
Block 1: TA 7 Low Velocity Only (2 Personnel)
Block 2: TA 8 Low Velocity Only (3 Personnel)
Block 3: TA 9 Low Velocity Only (7 Personnel)
Block 4: TA 14 Low Velocity Only (1 Personnel)
Block 5: TA 18 (7 Personnel)
Block 6: TA 20 Low Velocity Only (3 Personnel)
Block 7: TA 29 Low Velocity Only (3 Personnel)
Block 8: TA’s 39 & 40 Low Velocity Only (9 Personnel)
Block 9: TA 41 (18 Personnel)
Block 10: TA 42 (4 Personnel)
Block 11: TA 43 (8 Personnel)
Block 12: TA 49 Low Velocity Only (2 Personnel)
Block 13: TA 54 (4 Personnel)
Block 14: TA 56 (8 Personnel)