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  • Pasadena Archery Range

    What Can I do There?

    The Lower Arroyo Seco contains a northern and southern archery range and is used for organized events, competitions and informal practice. Additional information about these ranges is provided below. This area is open to the public when not in use for an organized event or activity. The Pasadena Roving Archers has been a part of that history and is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the range and managing organized archery activities.

    Northern Range
    • This range is permitted for archery use only for permitted events (not more than 13 per calendar year) according to the following northern range use schedule 2016-2017  2016-2017 Northern Range Schedule 
    • During these events temporary targets and signage about the activity are used

    Southern Range
    • This range contains 28 hay bale targets and 6 practice butts
    • This range is used for archery during park hours for the Lower Arroyo (sunrise to sunset)
    • The range is permitted to the Pasadena Roving Archers according to the times specified in the southern range use schedule 2016-2017  2016-2017 Southern Range Schedule
    • Outside of times the range is reserved by permit, it is open for archery use by individuals possessing a city-issued credential

    What Are The Archery Range Use Requirements?

    • Pursuant to the Lower Archery Range Rules (listed below), persons wishing to use the Lower Arroyo Archery Range must obtain a city-issued archery credential
    • Archery credentials can be obtained upon successful completion of a City-approved class on range safety and basic archery instruction offered by the Pasadena Roving Archers
    • For more information about the class on range safety and basic archery instruction, please contact the Pasadena Roving Archers at (626) 460-0520.

    Where Is The Range Located?

    The Archery Range is Located in Lower Arroyo Seco. The main entrance to the Lower Arroyo is located off South Arroyo Blvd.
    Directions to the Lower Arroyo Main Entrance.

    Who Should I Contact For More Information About Organized Classes or Events?

    The Pasadena Roving Archers are responsible for offering archery lessons and maintaining the range.

    Archery lessons, hosted by the Pasadena Roving Archers, are offered to the public on Saturdays between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm. First-time participants are offered a free lesson. The range is also reserved for organized use by the Pasadena Roving Archers on Sundays between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm.
    The club contact information is:

    Pasadena Roving Archers
    P.O. Box 683
    Pasadena, CA 91102
    (626) 460-0520


    1. Individuals must prominently display City issued archery credentials when using the Lower Arroyo Archery Range.
    a. Exceptions include students under the direction supervision of instructors certified by USA Archery or NFAA and USA Archery or NFAA members participating in their first PRA-sponsored event (and are capable of producing membership materials)
    2. Non-archery activities are prohibited within the boundaries of the Lower Arroyo Archery Range
    3. Practicing archery outside of the boundaries of the Lower Arroyo Archery Range is prohibited.
    4. Broadhead arrows, crossbows, sling shots, knives, hatches and firearms (including BB, pellet, paintball guns or air riles) are prohibited.
    5. Sky drawing (aka sky loading) is prohibited. Arrows shall be pointed down or at the target only while being drawn.
    6. Arrows shall not be shot from a position beyond the farthest marker in any shooting lane.
    7. When retrieving arrows, all archers shall walk forward together.
    8. When searching for lost arrows, someone shall be posted in front of the target bale and/or lean a bow across the target bale to alert other archers of your presence.
    9. Care for the protection of land and wildlife shall be shown at all times.
    10. Should people or animals appear between an archer and the target, bows shall not be drawn.
    11. Alcohol and smoking are prohibited within the Lower Arroyo Archery Range.
    12. The Lower Arroyo Archery Range is open during park hours for the Lower Arroyo (sunrise to sunset). The range is open for public archery except when:
    a. Being used for organized activities by the Pasadena Roving Archers according to a City approved use schedule
    b. Reserved by another individuals or organization with a City permit or other City authorization.
    13. Children under age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
    14. Credential must be renewed every three years.
    15. Arrows may only be shot from designated shooting locations (distance markers)
    16. Arrows must be clearly marked with shoot identification information
    In addition to the rules enumerated above, all other rules and laws applicable to the City’s parks are applicable within the Lower Arroyo Archery Range. (Pasadena Municipal Code 3.24 Article 3 Use Restrictions)
    Violations of rules for the Lower Arroyo Archery Range will be subject to general penalty provisions set forth in Chapter 1.24 of the Pasadena Municipal Code. 

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