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

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