The range that I prefer is free to the public and is on BLM land. The same agency also built it. With a very long roof with numerous stations. Not attended so all users are on the "consideration" plan. Considerate of all there and when there is a lull in the shooting, the call goes up that it is ok to check targets, when done "the range is hot" is heard.
I refuse to pay to shoot. If no public ranges were available, then it's simply a short trip out into the boonies to punch paper or whatever. Or just to walk around killing rocks, tree limbs, etc.