First Time to the Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range?


This unique archery range sits on ~30 acres in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park. It is surrounded by the 163 Freeway to the west, San Diego Zoo to the north, the Old Globe Theater and Museum of Man to the east. The entrance to the Range is on the south side of the Cabrillo Bridge (Laurel St.), near the SW corner of the Alcazar Gardens Parking Lot.


San Diego Archers - Rube Powell Archery Range
San Diego Archers – Rube Powell Archery Range

It’s a walking course, just like a golf course.
Always walk in the proper direction!

MapPlease print out this map
of the walking course
to take with you on your first trip to the Range.

The Balboa Range also has a small practice area at the entrance, with target butts at 10, 20, 30 and 40 yards.

Jim Walker practicing in Balboa Park
Practic – Practice – Practice

The Balboa Range is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, 365 days/year for just a $2 day use fee. 14 targets are open year-round (Targets #15-28).

The remaining targets are only open during tournaments, held ~twice each month on the 1st & 3rd weekends.

The first open target (#15) is on the north side of the Cabrillo Bridge, ~5-10 minute walk from the entrance/practice area.

Each target has yardage markers (tabs) varying from ~20 feet to 80 yards, depending on the target. This is a NFAA-Certified course!

The Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range and the Morley Field Archery Range are both maintained by volunteers from the San Diego Archers (and non-members, too!)


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  • rich9894

    Hello me and my 7 year old daughter are interested in archery. We both would be first time beginners. We were hoping someone could help direct us in the right path on where to start. We would need to purchase bows and arrows. Could you recommend a good place to purchase these? We both are interested in the long bow. Would this be a good choice for a beginner? We would be very grateful for any feedback you could give us. Please respond as we are excited to start learning. Have a blessed day hope we hear from you soon.

    July 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply

    • Dave

      You can contact the Bow and Arrow Shop in Lakeside, great shop.

      August 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm Reply

  • Alfonso


    My 22 y.o. son is looking for a place to practice. We were wondering if he would be required to become a member in order to use your range, or if he could simply pay a fee for using the range. He is looking to practice once a month or so. He has homework, job, and can only spare a few hours for archery.
    If the above is possible, what is the fee per use, and where do we pay?

    Thanks in advance.

    September 2, 2017 at 1:55 am Reply

    • archer1

      Yes, fee payment is just fine. There are often people at the range who will provide helpful pointers as well.

      September 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply

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