Outdoor Shooting Facility
Joe Foss Shooting Complex to Temporarily Close
(Buckeye) – On Sunday, June 25, at 1:00 pm, the Joe Foss Shooting Complex at Buckeye Hills Regional Park will temporarily close to the public while Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department fleshes out contract negotiations with a potential new operator.
This decision affects public use of the Joe Foss Shooting Complex which is currently open to the public Friday through Sunday from 7 am to 1 pm, and includes the following facilities and amenities:
The administration and retail building which houses the office, classrooms and restrooms;
Public training range (50 yards; 40 shooting lanes);
Public multi-use range (200 yards; 40 shooting lanes);
Public Archery Range;
Public Shotgun Range; and
The hunter education trail
Since 2009, members of the Buckeye Sportsman Club have worked diligently to ensure that individuals visiting the Joe Foss Shooting Complex have been provided a safe, and affordable place to practice their marksmanship. Volunteers from the club have donated their time and expertise to keep the range open; however, the club’s contract with the Department expired in December 2016, and the club decided not to pursue a renewal.
In September 2016, the Department released a Letter of Interest for management of the facility. No responses were received, and the Buckeye Sportsman Club agreed to continue managing the facility for an additional six months while the Department pursued a non-profit or government entity as the land falls under the Bureau of Land Management’s Recreation and Public Purposes Act.
“Our temporary agreement with the Buckeye Sportsman Club is set to expire on June 30. With limited resources available to staff the shooting complex, we have decided to suspend services at the complex during the typically slow summer season until we’ve hammered out the details with a new concessionaire. We greatly value our relationship with the club, and appreciate their assistance and dedication during this time of transition,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.
Additional updates on the shooting complex will be posted at this web page as they become available.
Welcome to the official website of the Joe Foss Shooting Complex.
The Joe Foss Shooting Complex is located west of Phoenix Arizona and offers:
- Rifle & Pistol ranges
- Archery range
- State of the art, first of its kind in Arizona, Trap and Skeet range
Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department has implemented an Annual Fire Ban effective May 8, 2017
Location: 26700 Buckeye Hills Dr, Buckeye AZ 85326
Directions: The Joe Foss Shooting Complex is located in the Buckeye Hills Recreation Area. The Park is located about 10.5 miles south of I-10 on S.R. 85 at mile post 144.
News and Special Events
When Special Events are scheduled or news about activities and new features at the Joe Foss Shooting Complex are happening, we will send an email just to let you know what is new. Please submit a request to have your email address added to our Special Events Notification Distribution List.
In the event that it is not possible to operate the range on a scheduled public day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) we will post a notice here and send an email notice as soon as we become aware of the situation. Please submit a request to have your email address added to our Closure Notification Distribution List.