Shooting Range


On June 30, the Joe Foss Shooting Complex at Buckeye Hills Regional Park will close. The current permit holder, who has managed the range for the past six months, was notified last month that the permit would not be renewed. 

The decision has been made to transition the Complex to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). By doing so, more officers and deputies will be able to learn, qualify, and requalify with firearms and reduce the wait time for such training. MCSO not only conducts training for their agency but also conducts AZPOST-certified law enforcement academy training for many other law enforcement agencies. This decision prioritizes public safety and is fiscally responsible.

Upon closure, the Complex will be inspected, and any necessary repairs or improvements will be performed before it is transitioned to MCSO.

The Parks Department would like to thank everyone who donated their time and expertise managing the facility over the years, and those who regularly visited for their patronage.

Please direct your questions to the Parks Department at

Please visit Joe Foss Shooting Complex for complete information.


The Joe Foss Shooting Complex is open Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 am - 1:30 pm. Questions...please call (623) 327-1180.

First time shooters will be asked to watch a safety and instruction video when they visit the Joe Foss Shooting Range. 

PLEASE NOTE:  There is no landline at the range.  If you have questions not addressed on this page please email them to:

The General Joe Foss Shooting Complex is located in the Buckeye Hills Regional Park, just five (5) miles south of Buckeye, Arizona. The park is located about 10.5 miles south of I-10 on S.R. 85. For those with a GPS, the Lat and Lon is 112.64255 and 33.27679.

About the General Joe Foss Shooting Complex

Operating hours

Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The Joe Foss public range is located in the Buckeye Hills Regional Park, located 10.5 miles south of I-10 Exit 112 on SR85. The exit is immediately after Mile Marker 144. To download directions, click here.

Daily Public Fees

  • Adults - $7 per shooter
  • Active Duty Military and Law Enforcement - $5 per shooter
  • Adults (non-shooting observers) - $7
  • Under 18 - Free
Trap and Skeet 

Site also includes a Trap and Skeet field.

Prices for a round (27 clays) of Trap or Skeet are:

  • Adults - $7
  • Active Duty Military and Law Enforcement - $6
  • Under 18 - $6

Shooting distance

Maximum distance of 200 yards at the Main Rifle and Pistol Range (which is dedicated to the memory of, and honors Ensign John C. Butler)

Allowable firearms

All except for the .50 BMG cal. Full auto is allowed. Shotguns shooting slugs only on the Main Rifle and Pistol Range; i.e., no birdshot or buckshot is permitted.


All except armor piercing, incendiary, tracer and exploding ammunition. No birdshot or buckshot is allowed on the Main (200 yard) and Training (50 yard) ranges.


Users may bring their own paper targets. Target frames are provided. Steel targets are not allowed. Targets may also be purchased at the range from the Retail Store and Check-In located inside the Main Building, if necessary.


Ear and eye protection is required. These items may also be purchased at the range from the Retail Store and Check-In located inside the Main Building if needed.

All firearms must be cased.  If you do not have a case for your firearm they may be rented in the store.  Upon arrival, leave the firearm in your vehicle and proceed to the store to rent a case.

Drawing and shooting from a holster are not permitted on the 200-yard Ensign John C. Butler Main Range.

No more than two persons are allowed at a shooting bench. 


The facility does have a drink vending machine in the retail store. The machine contains soft drinks and water - no food or snack items are available to date.

Range contact information


Volunteers needed

The General Joe Foss Shooting Complex is owned by Maricopa County Parks & Rec, operated by the Arizona Citizens Defense League Foundation, and run by an all-volunteer staff. This is a great opportunity for people who have time to help others enjoy shooting sports. Please email for information and details regarding volunteer opportunities.

Fee Payment Options Credit/Debit cards ONLY are accepted for payment of fees and merchandise at the General Joe Foss Shooting Complex. 
Web site design and development by