For the archers living in the Los Angeles area, the options for places to go and rub off your archery skills are almost limitless. There is a wide variety of places to try out, whether it be for the beginning archer or the well-seasoned archer.
Since Los Angeles is such a large place, with limitless options of fun and interesting things to try out, you bet they have just what you need to satisfy the craving to shoot. And since it’s right next to the ocean, there’s a host of beautiful outdoor ranges as well as fully-loaded indoor ranges!
I’ve put a list together of the top 10 archery ranges located in the Los Angeles area. Whether you’re living within the vicinity of Los Angeles or you’re just visiting, there is a large quantity for you and your bow to have some fun at.
And if you have no idea where to start, no need to fear, this list will give you an outline of some great places to start based on your interests and needs.
Let’s get started!
1. Rancho Park Archers
Originally a range created in 1983 for Olympic archers to practice on, the Easton Rancho Park Archery Range, now run by the Rancho Park Archers, is considered a “state-of-the-art archery facility”, which will actually be the spot for the archery competition in the 2028 Olympics.
The LA community invested a whopping $2 million dollars in order to renovate the old range into a beautiful open-air facility with four different ranges.
The four ranges include 10 m, 18 m, 30 m, and 50 m ranges, as well as office space for the volunteers, an equipment room, and so on.
The range offers a free introductory class for beginners every Saturday at 11:30 am, and every 2nd Sunday at 1:00 pm. They also offer Supervised Open Shooting times, and equipment is available for rent.
2. Pasadena Roving Archers
Pasadena Roving Archers is a non-profit archers club that runs the archery range at the City of Pasadena public park. The range has about seven shooting targets, and the park is open every day to the general public.
The range is free of charge to those who have their own equipment, and the hours are from sunrise to sunset.
On Saturday and Sunday, the park is used for PRA instruction and tournaments until 2:30 pm, and is open for general usage afterwards.
There is a free beginners class for archers of every age every Saturday, and since the class is really popular and space is limited, make sure to show up early!
3. Woodley Park Archers
The Woodley Park Archers are another archery club that runs an archery range in Woodley Park, found in San Fernando Valley. The archery facility was originally created as a training ground for Olympic archers in 1983.
The range is open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset. There is a partially enclosed shorter range of 18 meters, and another open long range that is 90 meters.
The short range has backstop targets, and this is where beginner classes are generally held.
The long-range consists of 12 lanes with compressed hale bales for targets and archers can shoot from 10 to 90 meters on the long range.
4. Verdugo Hills Archers
Verdugo Hills Archers is an exclusive archery club with several large archery ranges located in the hills of Sunland-Tujunga.
The ranges located here include a large practice area, a 3-D course with “unmarked yardage,” and a 28 target field range.
The club holds monthly shoots that are free to guests to try, and they also have other shoot-outs, tournaments, and similar events throughout the month and year that are generally free for members but accessed for a price for guests/non-members.
5. South Bay Archery Club
The South Bay Archery Club is a non-profit archery club located close to the ocean, whose goal is to perpetuate the love of the sport of archery and the practice thereof in individuals and families alike.
While the archery range itself does not provide access to the beach close by, the South Bay Archery Club’s range consists of a target range with about six or more lanes, and they also have 3-D shooting options in their club events and activities.
The Club specializes in teaching families the sport of archery, so this club might be a great place to take your family for some bonding time and a fun time shooting!
6. South Bay Archery Lessons
Located in Redondo Beach, South Bay Archery Lessons is a small indoor range that focuses mainly on teaching lessons for beginners, having shooting time for the intermediate to advanced archers, and a place for hosting events like birthday parties, coach certificating, after school programs, etc.
The archery range is about six to eleven lanes, depending on the size of the class. Private lessons are available by appointment only from Tuesday to Sunday.
There is also open shooting time from 7 o’clock pm to 8 o’clock pm every evening from Tuesday to Sunday.
7. Conejo Valley Archers
Conjeo Valley Archers is a private field club that boasts an average membership of 500 members and has one of the largest permanent 3-D NFAA-certified ranges in California.
But the other ranges aren’t anything to sneeze at either. The whole facility itself covers 80 acres. The Roving Field Range consists of 28 targets, and the Tournament Range Facility is 40 lanes total.
Their 3-D Target Range is 9 acres with 25 targets, and also consists of a newly built pond where archers can “bow-fish.” In addition, they have a Public Session Area where the public can shoot every Saturday for a certain fee.
8. Mile Square Regional Park Archery Range
The archery range at Mile Square Regional Park is open to the public every day from 7 a.m. in the morning until sunset that evening. The range is briefly closed every Wednesday from 7 to 11 a.m. for maintenance.
The range itself is a total of 6.7 acres in size and offers 24 shooting lanes with field targets, all under a shaded structure with bow racks and perimeter fencing.
The range is the biggest in Orange County, and the lanes are first-come, first-serve, so make sure to get there early before the lanes fill up!
9. El Dorado Archers
El Dorado Archers is an archery club that focuses on teaching others how to become better archers and to instill the love of archery in others. They teach archers as young as 8 years old and up, and are excellent teachers.
The club offers classes for the community at the El Dorado Park East Archery Range, and the classes are every Saturday at varying times for different archery levels.
Equipment is available for rental at $5 per person, and since there are only 15 spots in a class, it’s important that you get there early and on time to sign-up for your spot!
10. Good Shot Archery
Good Shot Archery is a pro-shop and range combo, with classes being offered at the facility. In addition to the range, they offer a wide variety of products and services for your archery needs.
The archery range at Good Shot Archery itself is an indoor range, on the smaller side with five lanes in total.
Good Shot Archery offers two different types of classes for beginners, one for those who are interested in traditional bows, and one for those who are interested in compound bows. Prices will vary based on the type of class and the bow. All equipment is provided.
And that’s a wrap!
There is still lots of places that you can go to in the Los Angeles area, but this was a list of some of the favorites that I found.
Los Angeles has a long history of being a place for Olympians to be trained and to perform and compete. You might say Los Angeles is the city of champions. And you can be a champion too!
Make sure to check some of these places out the next time you’re in the area!
Whether you’re just looking for a fun night of archery with your friends and family, an exclusive community with which you can share your passion of archery with, or a place just to brush up on your skills, you can be guaranteed to find a place that fits your archery needs in Los Angeles.
If you want to find more of the best archery ranges in the country check out my full list.
What Makes a High-Quality Archery Range?
The country has many archery ranges, some being better than others. A quality range offers features and qualities that cater to the needs of their visitors to provide a fun and safe shooting experience. Some important things to look for in a quality archery range are as follows.
Safety: The safety of their visitors should be the top priority in any archery range you visit. A range that values safety will have safety protocols and rules clearly posted for all to see. These will include designated shooting lanes and proper signs along with trained staff to monitor and enforce their rules and regulations. Safety measures such as backstops, barriers, and adequate ventilation systems should be in place to prevent accidents and ensure the well-being of participants.
Range Layout and Design: An effective range layout is crucial for archers to practice their skills comfortably. The range should have well-defined shooting lanes with sufficient space between shooters, allowing for safe and unobstructed shooting. Distances for various shooting distances should be marked, and targets should be properly positioned for easy visibility and retrieval.
Target Variety and Quality: A great archery range offers a variety of target options to cater to different archery disciplines and skill levels. This can include traditional bullseye targets, 3D animal targets, and specialty targets for specific archery styles. Targets should be well-maintained, regularly replaced or repaired, and appropriately sized and positioned to provide a fair and challenging shooting experience.
Equipment and Amenities: High-quality archery ranges provide individuals with access to quality archery equipment and amenities, including bows and arrows, shooting stands or benches, and storage areas for personal gear.
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Instruction and Coaching: A great archery range may offer instructional classes or coaching services for people of any skill level. Qualified instructors or teachers should provide training and tips to help archers improve their form, accuracy, and technique. Their main goal is to contribute to the growth and development of archers at any skill level.
Community and Atmosphere: A positive and welcoming atmosphere can greatly enhance the overall experience at an archery range. A great range fosters community, encouraging archers to connect, share knowledge, and support each other’s progress. Organized events, competitions, or social gatherings can help build this community spirit and create a vibrant archery culture.
Accessibility and Convenience: Convenient location, sufficient parking, and low range fees contribute to the accessibility and attractiveness of an archery range. Range hours that accommodate various schedules, including evenings and weekends, can cater to a wider range of archers.