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Bullets allegedly flew by hiker in Colorado State Park, prompting investigation

ByMary M. Ward

Dec 1, 2021


According to a report from The Denver Channel, a hiker in Cherry Creek State Park in the Denver metro area reports that bullets went through him while he was on the trail last Sunday.

The man was downstream from the park’s Family Shooting Center, where the bullets are believed to have come from.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating the situation, according to the report, taking issues of safety at their ranges very seriously.

Video of the scene is included in the full Denver Channel report, available below:

The Family Shooting Center, located in Cherry Creek State Park, is a full-service outdoor public shooting range that features pistol, rifle, shotgun, and archery shooting.

The map below shows where the Family Shooting Center is located near the large Cherry Creek State Park.






This image shows where the Family Shooting Center is in relation to the rest of Cherry Creek State Park. Map credit: @ 2021 Google Maps.


The following map shows where the shooting center is near the surrounding trails, as light brown lines. Satellite imagery appears to show shooters on the firing range attempting to hit targets placed downstream in a south / southeast direction.






This image shows the location of the trails around the Family Shooting Center, as light brown lines.  Map credit: @ 2021 Google Maps.

This image shows the location of the trails around the Family Shooting Center, as light brown lines. Map credit: @ 2021 Google Maps.


Dozens of shooting and archery ranges exist across the state, some of which are on land managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Some of these beaches are visible on the map below:

There are a number of safety rules that all gun owners and target shooters should follow, including being sure to always be certain where they are targeting and what is behind it. Bullets often pass through targets easily, which is why shooting ranges usually have some sort of backdrop, often a dirt hill.

Find the “golden rules” of gun safety and shooting range tips here.

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