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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  • archer1


    San Diego Archers Club Rules and Application Forms

    Responsibilities of Membership
    1. San Diego Archers are responsible for and are expected to assist in the maintenance of both the field range in Balboa Park and the target range at Morley Field by attending the monthly work parties.
    2. Members should attend all club meetings.
    3. Members must cooperate with and assist club officers in planning club activities and implementing these activities.
    4. Members must assist in the promotion of archery and should conduct themselves according to the code of sportsmanship at all times.
    5. Members are required to observe all archery safety rules. No blunts or broad-head arrows are allowed at either range. They must see to it that guests and visitors on the range also observe these safety rules and practices.
    6. While bow-hunting, members are required to conduct themselves according to all state hunting regulations, cooperating with game officials, practicing conservation and, in general, bringing credit to the San Diego Archers.

    SDA Club Forms

    SDA Membership Application form

    SDA Waiver form

    All members and participants in any SDA tournament must submit a signed waiver each year.
    All participants in the Annual King Arthur Tournament must submit a separately signed waiver each year.

    The daily range fee for both the Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range and Morley Field Ranges is $2.00.
    Range fees are due “before” shooting on either range, and may be paid at the range entrance via the yellow metal pole with cash payment slot at top, or range fees may be paid online (coming soon).

    No person will accept payment for range use except during official tournaments.

     Other Archery Club Related Websites

    National Field Archery Association

    California Bow Hunters/State Archery Association

    Southern Border Archery Association


    July 22, 2017 at 5:56 am Reply

  • 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

  • Bill Cherico

    Just found this site and I’m thrilled. Mostly because I bought my firs Jennings Compound bow from Rube when he had his shop on Broadway in Chula Vista back in the 70’s. Rube got me going in archery. I was a fast learner, but it probably had more to do with having a good teacher, Rube. What a great guy.
    Would anybody know where I can get new wires and strings for my old Jennings Compound? It was one of their very first model from the early 70’s.

    Bill Cherico

    June 1, 2018 at 8:56 pm Reply

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