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Celebrating our 30th Anniversary

Formed in 1986, the 4-Players of Colorado is a not-for-profit organization that donates funds raised during the year to local organizations benefiting the Colorado LGBT community. As a social organization for gay men, we share an enjoyment for traveling back roads and off-road trails responsibly in four-wheel drive vehicles.

For 30 years, our mission hasn’t changed – click the flip boxes to explore more.

MISSION:

SPORT

~ SPORT ~

Promote the safe and responsible pursuit of the sport of four wheeling.

MISSION:

ENVIRONMENT

~ ENVIRONMENT ~

Foster a respect for and commitment to preserving the environment.

MISSION:

BROTHERHOOD

~ BROTHERHOOD ~

Provide social, educational, and recreational activities for our Out and Proud members.

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2017 Run Schedule

The dates below reflect the scheduled outings for 2017.  Lots of open dates in July and August to add impromptu runs.

Note: Runs listed with a single date (e.g. 28 MAY) have been set by the Run Leader.
Runs with dual dates (e.g. 14/15 MAY) are not yet set by the Run Leader, but will be either Saturday or Sunday at their choice.

Always check the What’s Happening Soon? quick information section to get important alerts and to confirm Rally date, time, and location. Check the GENERAL RUN INFO page for further details.

Runs are subject to change based on trail conditions/closures, spring snow fall/run-off, and Run Leader assignment.

[Schedule table best viewed in landscape mode]

WEEKEND / DAY RUN / AREA NOTES / RATING*
07 MAY Beer Bust Wrangler 3pm
14 MAY Slaughterhouse Gulch Easy to Moderate (3-4)
Memorial Weekend
(26-30 MAY)
^ John Martin Reservoir Camping with YAG/Local Trails
02-04 JUN ^ Pinewood Reservoir Camping with YAG/Local Trails
03 JUN Pole Hill Moderate (4-5)
16-19 JUN ^ West Chicago Creek Camping with YAG/Local Trails (4-7)
17 JUN Pre-Pride Mud Run Easy to Moderate (3-4), but muddy
18 JUN Denver Pride 7am Line-up
23 JUN Kingston Peak 6pm Evening Run
Easy to Moderate (3-4)
July 4th Weekend
(29JUN-08JUL)
^ Ouray/Ridgway Camping with YAG/Local Trails (3-8)
22/23 JUL Big Elk Meadow Moderate
28-30 JUL ^ Arapahoe Bay Reservoir Camping with YAG/Local Trails (2-4)
05/06 AUG Red Cone Moderate to Difficult (4-7)
16-20 AUG Rendezvous WY Pride / Camping
18 AUG Rendezvous Leading the Official Off-Road Run of WY Pride
Check event schedule for Rally time
21 AUG Solar Eclipse Totality Pass in WY
Labor Day Weekend
(01-05 SEP)
^ Mt Princeton Camping with YAG/Local Trails (3-8)
09 SEP Sand Dunes (South) Easy to Moderate (3-4)
15-17 SEP ^ Camp Dick Camping with YAG/Local Trails (3-5)
21-25 SEP Moab, UT Camping and Trails (2-8)
07/14 OCT Kenny’s Cabin Easy to Moderate
Annual Run to Hallowed Grounds
15 OCT Beer Bust Wrangler 3pm
DEC Mt Withington, NM Scouting run for 2018

* Number Ratings based on TrailDamage.com descriptions.
^ YAG RV Group Outtings

What are We About?

Each spring, we select trails throughout Colorado to explore. We choose various levels of trail difficulty and elevations based on anticipated snow melt. Our activity list is published in April of each year. An experienced member is designated as Run Leader for each outing to insure safety and proper navigation. We meet at a central spot near the trailhead area since members come from many different directions. Each trail presents different views, obstacles, and challenges to overcome in our rigs, but we always adhere to the principles of Stay The Trail and safe 4x4ing. For day Runs, we typically stop for photography and breath-taking lunch spots. Runs often conclude at a local shop, cafe, or ice cream pallor. When we camp, we typically explore several trails in the area.

The club was founded in 1986 as a social organization for gay men in a time when non-bar activities were sought after during the uptick of the AIDS crisis. Fundraising for gay men’s health organizations has always been central to the member’s activities since day one. We continue this tradition by hosting two beer busts at the Denver Wrangler’s Legendary Sunday Beer Bust each year. Each holiday season, members nominate and select local charities to receive monies from our fundraising efforts. Recently, we’ve donated to several charities including Denver Colorado AIDS Project, Howard Dental, Horizon House, CORSAR, and several area food banks. We expect our members to actively participate in fundraising and charitable efforts.

There is something magical about sharing a campfire with other guys after a day on the trail. A brotherhood of men that shares your enjoyment in the outdoors and 4x4ing is something to be experienced within our unique sub-culture of the LGBTQ community. Our campouts are selected each year to fall over one of the major holiday weekends, with more added during the peak high-elevation outdoor season. We typically visit Moab Utah near the end of September for their Pride and a full weekend of fun. Campouts are sometimes scheduled to join with a local gay RV group; many members of the 4-Players belong to that group as well. Campouts with us typically are tent-based and each person comes self-sufficient. We follow ‘Leave No Trace’ rules.

Want to Come Along?

No 4x4 Vehicle?

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That's OK !!

Our members commonly have space for ride-alongs, and it’s a great way to be immersed in nature and meet some of the guys in the club.

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Have a Rig?

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Let's Go !!

Our Run Leaders are experienced off-roaders.  It’s safer to hit the trails with a group.  Pack a lunch and/or your dog and let’s get out there.

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Guest Accounts get club announcements about events and the ability to sign-up for upcoming activities. This helps with arranging spare seats, or knowing that we should expect you at the rally point. We collect your personal contact information, along with an emergency contact (just in case). We also note your rig specifications and capabilities.

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Get specific information about attending runs from the GENERAL RUN INFORMATION section below.

Want to Become a Member?

The tabbed box below outlines the requirements to join the 4-Players of Colorado, along with an outline of the process.

We include the expectations of our members along with the benefits of being a Full Member in the club.

  • Own a 4×4-capable vehicle, with current license, registration, and insurance coverage.
  • Identify as a gay man.
  • Have a desire to explore off-road trails.

5 not-so-complicated Steps:

  1. Register for a Guest Account on this website.
  2. Sign-up and drive your rig on one or more of our published runs.
  3. Attend one or more of our monthly meetings, held at the Denver Wrangler on the second Monday of the month at 7pm.
  4. Upon completion of Steps 1-3, the General Membership will vote to consider your application [you must be present at the meeting].
  5. Once the General Membership grants you Full Member status, pay the $20 yearly dues and submit a ‘Rigbook’ photo of you and your rig.

Note:  Steps #2 and #3 can be done in any order.

  • Participate in all fundraising activities.
  • Learn from, or provide help to, other members on how to be safe on the trails and good stewards of our environment.
  • Have Fun!
  • Members receive 10-15% off items purchased at 4WD.com and 4WheelParts.com. The club receives back 3% of all member’s purchases during the year.
  • Full access to our website with online Roster, private galleries, past run reports, meeting minutes, and newsletters.
  • Belonging to a club with 30 years of history, stories and active participation in our community.

General Run Information

Here’s a description of a typical Day Run with the 4-Players:

You sign-up to attend a Run on our website.  Our Run Leader(s) prepare for the Run and meet you at the Rally point at the designated time.  Once everyone has assembled, the Run Leader goes through the scenario for the day, including trail needs and driving challenges.  We head to the trailhead as a group, and then have loads of fun driving through and exploring the area.  We typically take several short breaks along the way, and often eat lunch at a picturesque location near the trail.  Once the trail is done, everyone regroups and decides if there are after-the-trail food or sundries, or perhaps a different way back to the city.

Take look below at what our Run Leaders and you do while on the trails with us.

What our Run Leaders Do

Run Leaders are assigned to each of our runs. They are responsible for planning and leading the run for those who’ve signed up. Here’s a quick list of their duties.

What You Do on the Trails

Runs are intended to take you to amazing spots in our area, challenge your driving skills, and provide some outdoor off-road fun. As a run attendee, you have responsibilities to the Run Leader and other attendees. Here’s a quick list of your duties.

Where We Meet Up

The ‘What’s Going On Now’ Quick Info section of our web page lists the upcoming runs. Each run will designate a meet-up location and time. The following maps provide specific location details for each of our Rally spots.

Aspen Park/Conifer, CO

King Soopers Parking Lot
25637 Conifer Rd, Conifer, CO  80433
GPS:  39.5434, -105.29193

Boulder, CO

King Soopers Parking Lot
1650 30th St., Boulder, CO  80301
GPS:  40.01586, -105.25323

Colorado Springs/Manitou, CO

Safeway Parking Lot
3275 W CO Ave, CO Springs, CO  80904
GPS:  38.85488, -104.87564

Copper Mtn, CO

Primary Parking Lot
I70 Exit 195, CO91 & Copper Rd Junction
GPS: 39.50336, -106.14199

Greeley, CO

King Soopers Parking Lot
2712 11th Ave, Greeley, CO  80631
GPS: 40.39257m -109.48024

I25/US34, CO

Centerra Park-n-Ride Lot
US-34, Loveland, CO 80538
GPS: 40.40795, -104.99629

Idaho Springs, CO

Safeway Parking Lot
2425 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO  80452
GPS: 39.74144, -105.50583

Loveland, CO

Safeway Parking Lot
2321 W Eisenhower, Loveland, CO  80537
GPS: 40.40797, -105.10945

Lyons, CO

Oskar Blues Parking Lot
303 Main St, Lyons, CO  80540
GPS: 40.224017, -105.2687

Moab, UT

Big Bend Campground Site A
7mi upstream from US191/UT128 junction
GPS: 38.64866, -109.48024

Monument, CO

Diamond Shamrock Parking Lot
1310 W Baptist Rd, CO Springs, CO  80921
GPS: 39.05697, -104.85311

Mt Princeton, CO

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Parking Lot
15870 CO Rd 162, Lathrop, CO  81236
GPS: 38.73288, -106.1624

Silverthorne, CO

City Market Parking Lot
300 Dillon Ridge Rd, Dillon, CO  80435
GPS: 39.62963, -106.05446

Vail Pass, CO

I-70 Exit 190 Rest Area Parking Lot
Vail Pass, CO 80443
GPS: 39.52843, -106.21834

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