Cowtown was originally planned as an entertainment venue, where Hollywood stuntman Ron Nix built an authentic looking western village in the 1960s and 1970s. The village was comprised of small storefronts that housed food, beverage, and souvenir shops and was well suited for movie making as well as cowboy fast-draw shooting competitions.

The area surrounding Cowtown was very remote when Ron Nix began construction on the western village, and it remains nearly unchanged since that time. The remoteness of Cowtown is one of the most appealing aspects to folks that visit and shoot at the facility. The remoteness and beauty of this area was immortalized in the Gordon Lightfoot song “Carefree Highway” written and recorded by him in 1974 after seeing the highway sign while out on a drive. Cowtown sits at the end of the original Carefree Highway and epitomizes Mr. Lightfoot’s sentiments in the song…”Carefree Highway, let me slip away on you…”

Carefree Highway was, at one time, a stagecoach route between Phoenix and Wickenburg and occasionally a visitor or two will come to the gate at Cowtown, under the impression that the road still exists, and ask why they can’t continue on through the desert and low hills and take the scenic route to Wickenburg.

Dewayne Foster, the unofficial “Sheriff of Cowtown”, has been on and off the premises for more than 30 years. During Cowtown’s history Foster, who also goes by the name “Latigo Smith,” appeared in several movies with some being filmed at Cowtown.

Before it became what it is today, Cowtown was host to over 200 movies filmed on site and it’s still occasionally called upon by Hollywood celebs such as “Gunny” R. Lee Ermey for movie and television filming. But today, Cowtown Range’s unique terrain is what draws defense training specialists to the site, making it one of the most unique shooting and training facilities in the country.

Bays & Platforms

East Range Bays
East Range Bays
Pistols and carbines can be accommodated on bays 1 through 5. Bay 1 is approximately 80 x 65 yards. Bays 2 through 5 are approximately 50 x 50 yards.

The East Range also boasts a 100 – 175 x 50 yard target range.

UTM® Shoot House
UTM® Shoot House
The UTM® Shoot House is a 2,200 sq ft non-lethal force-on-force training structure that boasts nearly a dozen rooms and hallways.

The Shoot House has many uses, such as building breach and clear tactics, hostage rescue scenarios, and home defense techniques.

East Range Platform
East Range Platform
Our largest platform, the East Platform, features a large covered platform with AR-500 steel targets within a beautiful desert valley backdrop!

Several of the targets are small diameter AR-500 steel, making it challenging to shoot and rewarding to hear.

West Range Platforms
West Range Platforms
The West Range which consists of four long-range covered platforms, all shooting on AR 500 steel targets, many of them have reactive target areas.

The West Range can accommodate high angle shooting at mid range distances.

What About the “Experiences?”

When it comes to firearms at Cowtown, you’re only limited by your imagination.

With our variety of “experience” shoots, you’ll be telling people “you won’t believe what I did at Cowtown” for months!

Click the button below and ask how you can experience awesomeness.

I Have “Experience Shoot” Questions

Wana be a Cowboy? Or maybe battle it out on a paintball field?

Meet Our Team

Richard S. Shaw
Richard S. ShawGeneral Manager
Rob Orgel
Rob OrgelRange Master
Johnny Sticca
Johnny SticcaMembership/Special Use Manager

Your Own Private Range

Our membership packages fit any budget and give you the flexibility  to use the range when you want and how you want. No range “babysitters” here. Just responsible gun owners.