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Colorado Parks and Wildlife buys metro Denver shooting park

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Colorado Clays(Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(BRIGHTON, Colo.) Colorado Parks and Wildlife has finalized a purchase of the Colorado Clays Shooting Park in Adams County near Denver.

Cory Kraft, previous Vice President of Marketing for the shooting park, will run he facility under CPW ownership, according to a press release from CPW.

“This ties directly into our mission to provide safe, responsible and accessible recreational sport shooting opportunities and education,” said CPW Northeast Region Manager Mark Leslie in a news release. “We look forward to a seamless transition out there, as the public will continue to enjoy the offerings they previously had available to them at Colorado Clays.”

The shooting park sits near Barr Lake State Park, 30 minutes northeast of Denver and is open to the public. The shooting park specializes in competitive and recreational shooting for all ages and skill levels. It hosts clay target shooting, rifle and pistol shooting.

More than 30,000 shooters visited Colorado Clays in 2021 and threw more than four million clay targets. Membership is not required and all staff is NRA Trained Range Safety Officers and CPR/First Aid certified.

The shooting park also has a state-of-the-art rifle and pistol range with a heated, semi-enclosed shooting canopy of 10 rifle lanes spanning 100 yards and 10, 25-yard handgun lanes.
(Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

CPW used grant money from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Outdoors Colorado and the Colorado Lottery to buy the park. CPW's northeast region is a member of the Northern Front Range Recreational Sport Shooting Partnership with Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland and Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Larimer counties as well as the U.S. Forest Service.

The partnership creates a multi-jurisdictional strategy to offer attainable, responsible and secure recreational sport shooting opportunities.

We are excited to partner with the state to continue to offer a safe, convenient and affordable recreational shooting range for local Coloradans,” Kraft said. "We look forward to collaborating with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on expanding educational and program opportunities while continuing to ensure that the facility is available for our state's outdoor enthusiasts for the next 26 years and beyond. We are thankful for all of our past and future patrons and we look forward to seeing you at Colorado Clays."

For more information about Colorado Clays Shooting Park, click here.

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