The Trinidad State Junior College Prator Shooting Range is located six and a half miles southeast of Trinidad and features beautiful vistas and state-of-the-art equipment. A five-station trap shooting range was built in 2012 and in 2013 a skeet shooting range was built. Lights make it possible to shoot trap and skeet at night. The range also features a rifle and pistol range with distances up to 100 yards. The 100 yard range has four shooting lanes, eight lanes at 50 yards. The pistol course has movable targets for various distances. Restroom, a classroom and a workbench are provided on site.
Hunter Education Class
Sept 23 & 24th
8a.m. to 5 pm on Sat
1pm-5pm on Sunday
* The range will still be available for public use during this time.
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 3pm
Monday: 1pm – 5pm
For further information:
Contact Jim Hamilton at 719-859-1916
Individuals interested in volunteering to help keep the Prator Range open for public use please contact -
Jim Hamilton -- via email or call 719-859-1916
Toni DeAngelis -- via email or call 719-846-5520
* Volunteers must be willing to take the necessary training.
Lifetime memberships are also available
|Rifle and Pistol Range Daily Rates|
|Range members||no cost
|Trap and Skeet|
|Range members||$5.00 for 25 clay targets|
|Non-members||$7.00 for 25 clay targets|
|NRA Members||Individual $40||Family $60|
|TSJC employees||Individual $20||Family $30|
|Non-NRA Members||Individual $60||Family $90|
|Individual $30||Family $45|
The range was built in 1976 and was named after Bill Prator, a former instructor in the renowned Trinidad State Gunsmithing Program. The range is owned by the Trinidad State Educational Foundation.
Bill Prator was a machine shop student at TSJC in 1940, then worked for Remington Arms and Army Service prior to a 5-year stint with acclaimed gunsmith P.O. Ackley in his private business until 1950. Ackley was a driving force in establishing the Gunsmithing Program at TSJC in 1947. Prator joined the instructional staff in 1950 and became the program’s second instructor. He was an instructor in the program for 32 years. The gun range, financed by the Trinidad State Educational Foundation in 1978, was dedicated to Prator in 1982 by the Foundation for his countless efforts and perseverance to get the range in working operation. Prator passed away on September 7, 2008. His family made an initial contribution to create the Prator Range Endowment Fund in 2013.
The range is located at 42013 County Road 24.6. From downtown Trinidad go east on Main Street to Grey Creek Road (County Road 24.6) and turn south for six miles. Grey Creek Road is located between Comi Funeral Home and San Isabel Electric.