San Diego Archery Ranges
San Diego The San Diego Archers maintain two archery ranges in the heart of Balboa Park in the city of San Diego. The fee is $2.00 per archer that can be placed in a collection box at each range. The fee is based on the honor system. The money collected goes to the maintenance of the ranges. Without these fees, the ranges cannot stay open, so please be sure to pay the fees.
Both archery ranges are open from sunrise to sunset, 365 days per year. The San Diego Archers host 25 archery tournaments each year, open to members and non-members: 23 tournaments are at the Rube Powell Archery Range and two at the Morley Field Archery Range. Other organizations may host tournaments, such as the US Police and Fire Championships and the Senior Olympics. An archery range will be closed to public shooting during tournaments, so please check the SDA website for closures. When a tournament is in progress at the Rube Powell Archery Range, the Morley Field Archery Range will be open to the public and vice versa. Tournaments are held on the first and third weekends of each month.
Archery ranges and equipment use: Crossbows?
Both archery ranges were designed for archery specific “bow and arrow” use only. For this reason, crossbows, javelins, throwing knives, axes, and slingshots, for example, are not allowed on either range. While we appreciate that crossbows are “archery like”, please consider that crossbows typically shoot “bolts” at 350-450 feet per second (compared to a compound bow velocity of between 200-330 feet per second). This additional velocity translates into longer ranges, flatter trajectories, and harder-hitting more potentially damaging “bolts” — not to mention greater wear and tear on the rather expensive targets we’ve set up for public target practice. In short, crossbows are prohibited for shooting on our ranges.
Morley Field Archery Range
(Location of SDA & CBH/SAA 900 Rounds)
This is a standard range with 34 lanes divided into two halves. The left field has target butts at 10, 20, 30 and 40 yards. The right field has target butts at 50, 60, 70 yards and 30, 50, 70, 90 meters. This range is good for fine tuning your sights or practicing for tournaments.
Exit I-8 at Texas St. (Texas St. is about 0.8 miles east of the I-8 and 163 interchange.)
Follow Texas St. south, crossing University Ave., continuing until you cross Upas St. into the park towards the Morley Field Municipal Pool.
Make the required u-turn and turn right into the parking lot.
Continue through the parking lot and make the first right turn through the open gates (onto Joe Schloss Way).
This road continues into another parking lot and the archery range is at the end of the lot on your left, across from the ball fields.
Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range
(Location of all SDA twice-monthly shoots, except 900 Round)
This is a walking range through the canyon adjacent to Highway 163. 14 targets are open year-round (Targets #15-28). The remaining targets are only open during tournaments, held ~twice/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 to the range. Target distances range from 20 feet to 80 yards. There is also a small practice range at the beginning of the course with target ranges from 10 to 40 yards. This is a great range with a forest like quality.
Off of I-8, take 163 South (2.7mi).
Take the “I-5 South/Park Blvd.” exit (0.6mi).
Keep right, following signs for “Park Blvd, Zoo, Balboa Park” (0.2mi)
Turn left at stop light onto Park Blvd (0.3mi).
Turn left at stop light onto President’s Way (0.2mi).
Turn right at stop sign onto Pan American Rd. East (0.2mi).
At El Cid horse statue in front of the San Diego Museum of Art, make a U-turn (left turn at stop sign, 150 ft).
>>>Turn right onto the small road that dips downhill, then up into the Alcazar parking lot (200 ft).
Continue to far left (SW) corner of parking lot to the entrance of the archery range (350ft).
GPS coordinates for right turn from Pan American Rd E into Alcazar Parking Lot: 32.730674, -117.150642
GPS coordinates for entrance to Rube Powell Archery Range in SW corner of Alcazar Lot: 32.73025, -117.15248