PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE
PCMS CLOSED FOR RECREATION
PCMS will be CLOSED to recreation May 13 - Sept 1 except for select weekends listed below
PCMS will be OPEN on the following weekends for recreation during June, July and August: June 14-16, July 19-20,
August 16-18. Camping allowed at Hill Ranch during these times.
This page last updated 5/13/2019
Due to the increase in military training exercises at PCMS, more demands are being placed on a limited biological resources staff to support the training tempo. As a result, we are generally closed to recreation June - August and reopen in September (please continue to check back as additional closures may occur due to the military training schedule). However, we will be open one weekend each month during the summer to allow for recreation. Dates will be posted above for open weekends in June, July and August. Camping at Hill Ranch is allowed during these times.
Please remember: Hunts during the month of September for Over-the-Counter (OTC) pronghorn archery, OTC elk archery and elk muzzleloader (draw) are all multi-unit hunts which are valid for many other units besides Unit 142 (PCMS).
Specific range and training area closures will be printed your down range pass. Training area closures and/or road closures (due to inclement weather) will be posted at the top this web page.
A permit is required for all recreational activities (hunting, horseback riding, hiking, photography, scouting, birding, etc.) on the PCMS. The permit is valid for both PCMS and Fort Carson.
LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS
The PCMS entry gate is located at Mile Marker 24, about 35 miles northeast of Trinidad, CO and 50 miles southeast of La Junta, CO on US Highway 350. PCMS is 35 miles from the nearest grocery store or gas station, so plan accordingly.
Trinidad to PCMS map click HERE
La Junta to PCMS map click HERE
PCMS HOURS OF RECREATION, CHECK-IN PROCEDURES AND GATE ACCESS INFORMATION
Open weekdays and weekends Sept 1st through May 26th (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Dec 24-25)
Gate Check in time is 4:00 AM. During fall hunts, check-out time will be adjusted as daylight gets shorter.
Checkin times for all hunts are 4:00 AM. Checkout time for Spring Turkey is 9:30 PM. Check out times for Fall 2018 hunts are: 9:00 PM Sept 1 - Sept 30, 8:30 PM Oct 1- Nov 2, 8:00 PM Nov 3 - Jan 31 (2020)
Late checkouts will result in an automatic administrative hold on the account. Do not check out late!!!
You may use your smart phone or PC to check in, but you must check out at the kiosk. Additionally, you must clearly write your permit number and the date on a piece of paper and display it on your dashboard if the kiosk does not print your downrange pass. Preprinted forms are available at the hunter check-in shed.
A gate access code is required for entry outside of regular business hours (6:00 am - 5:00 pm weekdays). The access code is provided during the iSportsman check-in process.
PCMS RECREATION SAFETY BRIEFINGS
Recreation Safety Briefings are now available online. If you have specific questions that are not answered in the online briefing you may stop by our office in Bldg 300 (Rm C-50) or call 719-503-6529 to talk to one of our wildlife biologists.
FORT CARSON HUNTING AND FISHING REGULATIONS (FC 200-6)
The current FC/PCMS Regulation 200-6, "Wildlife Management and Recreation" can be viewed by clicking HERE.
COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE (CPW) HUNTING AND FISHING REGULATIONS
To learn more about Colorado hunting and fishing regulations from Colorado Parks & Wildlife click HERE or download the brochures:
Sheep & Goat
Small Game (Note: These PDFs may take awhile to open.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently Asked Questions About Hunting at PCMS
In order to hunt on PCMS you will need to do the following:
- Review the online recreation safety brief.
- Purchase an annual recreational permit online (to view the permit fees click HERE)
- Register your firearms (to find out how to register your firearms and download firearms registration form click HERE)
- Check the PCMS web page on the iSportsman website prior to coming to PCMS for any closures (military training or weather related)
- Check in at the kiosk or online to print a down range pass prior to heading downrange, and
then check out on time at the kiosk when you leave (you cannot check out via your PC, cell phone etc.)
Click here for more FAQ.
2018 Hunt Photos now online.
We love to see your photos. Please submit any that you would like to share.
Check out the photos that have already been submitted and tips for taking great harvest photos (see links below).
B&C SCORE SHEETS
The Boone and Crockett Club was founded by Theodore Roosevelt, along with other visionaries in 1887. The B & C Score sheets provide a method by which hunters can score their harvest. The sheets calculate both the gross size (overall antler/horn size with out any deductions) and the final size (which includes the deductions that occur with any loss of symmetry between the antlers/horns). The information on the B & C sheets is analyzed and utilized by the wildlife biologists at PCMS and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife each year prior to developing the hunting management plans for the area. PCMS requires that a B & C Score Sheet is submitted for any animal harvested with horns or antlers. Below is an example of a correctly completed B & C Sheet.
The PCMS biologists would like to extend a big "thank you" to all the hunters who have provided their B&C scores sheets. Summaries of the data collected from the 2013 - 2018 hunting seasons at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) are available below. Click the links to download a more detailed report.
HAVE YOU SEEN AN AUDAD?
We haven't seen one in a few years, but if you do you can take it with a valid CO hunting license. Be sure you know the difference between an audad and a bighorn sheep. audad flier
ATTENTION BOBCAT HUNTERS
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has released Canada lynx in southwest Colorado and this threatened species can now potentially be found throughout the state. Please report any sightings to the CPW office and be very careful not to shoot a lynx while bobcat hunting.
CPW small game brochure link.