Who are the Mountaineers?
We are a family oriented club, organized in 1965, to promote and enjoy the recreation of four wheeling. Four wheeling involves driving a four wheel drive vehicle on roads and trails which are impassable to normal street vehicles. It's often referred to as " off-roading ," but in most cases we use marked "roads" in order to protect the areas through which we travel. occasionally we play "off-road" on designated sand dunes or ice where it is a bit tough to "stay on the trail" since there is none. Unlike the images portrayed by mass media and environmental groups, we are concerned with conserving the natural beauty of the State of Colorado and anywhere we four wheel. We believe strongly in the principles of Tread Lightly! ©. We also participate in both the Adopt-a-Trail and the Adopt-A-Highway programs. We work closely with the US Forest Service in maintaining trails, many of our members participate in the Trail Host program. We assist our community, Fort Collins, Colorado, by providing transportation during severe winter weather for employees and some patients of "critical need" groups like Poudre Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Retirement Village and Meals-On-Wheels and by assisting groups like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army in transporting supplies and the like to and from remote areas during crises.
HOW TO JOIN.
How to Join the Mountaineers?
What do you do?
All you need to do is attend three club functions within 90 days, one of which must be a club trip, own a four wheel drive vehicle (we welcome all vehicle types!) and be at least 18 years old. Click here if you can't meet these qualifications.
Once you've met these requirements, you'll need to get a "Request for Membership" application from one of our board members, complete it and submit it along with a sponsoring member's signature and $45, our yearly dues, to a board member. At the next board meeting the board will review your application and vote on your request. (It is rumored that the board has yet to decline a membership application.) Upon approval, you get a membership for the current year, which includes your immediate family. If you apply mid-year, your dues may be prorated.
What do you get?
As a member you'll receive a vehicle number, a choice of club license plate or magnetic 6" logo, one vote in club procedures, a subscription to the monthly newsletter and more fun than you can imagine. This not only gets you a membership in the Mountaineers, but it also gets you an associate membership in the Colorado Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs and a member of the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO). As a regular member, you'll be eligible to run for a board position the end of the current year of your application approval. We recommend at least a years membership before running for board positions to familiarize yourself with our procedures. The board positions are as follows: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 4 Trip Planners. We also have various functions which require member participation, not limited to, but including newsletter editor, Land Use coordinator, webmasters, refreshments, fund raising, etc.
What if you don't or can't qualify?
If you cannot or don't want to meet our regular membership requirements, an associate membership is available upon request for $15 and entitles you to receive our monthly newsletter. If you're under 18, bring your parent or guardian and get them to join. Their membership includes you.
Where do you go to attend a meeting or club trip?
Our monthly Club Meetings are at 7:30 P.M. the third Wednesday of each month at 121 North Meldrum, courtesy of Knights of Columbus. We usually meet the following Sunday for our Club Trip at the King Soopers's Parking Lot N. College and Willox in Fort Collins and depart at 8 or 9 AM, depending on the trip. Our trips are planned beforehand and led by our trip planners. Feel free to contact us for more information.