Colorado’s Grand Valley, which includes Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade, is home to a variety of outdoor recreation. We have endless opportunities for adventures with hiking, biking, off-roading and more, all set against stunning scenery. While many of us have solo adventures or explore with friends and family, there are also a number of outdoor-oriented clubs that warmly welcome new members.
If you’d like to get outside with a group of like-minded individuals who share your outdoor interests, check out these local Grand Valley clubs dedicated to helping you spend more time in nature.
This Meetup group is a great option for anyone who loves the outdoors. This group openly welcomes outdoor enthusiasts of all types. They planevents that connect outdoor-minded people who want to share hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, dog walks, film festivals, photography, road and mountain biking, rafting and other water sports, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter camping, outdoor ice skating, and more.
Mesa Monument Striders have been around since 1978. They host road and trail races, weekly group runs, trail building initiatives, long runs, social events, and more.
The Striders welcome runners of all ages and levels, and their website speaks to their intent: “Because of our extraordinary locale, we get to run it all —atop the 11,000 foot Grand Mesa, along the streets and river trails of our beautiful city, through the red rock canyons in our backyard, and across a whole lot of desert terrain. Our members range from young to old, super speedy to perfectly happy bringing up the rear, competitive to casual.”
The Sierra Club has chapters around the U.S., including in Grand Junction. Sierra Club members meet frequently for outdoor activities, initiatives, and advocacy.
This is the Grand Valley’s local chapter of Trout Unlimited, a non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving freshwater fishing areas throughout the country. Whether you’re an avid angler or just learning how to fly fish, this could be the group for you to join. The group hosts events throughout the year, including social events at local fly shops and fishing contests.
Once you’ve lured a trout in, get ready to cook up one of these delicious recipes for Colorado trout.
The WSATVA is a great group to join if you love riding ATVs or other off-road vehicles. Member perks include monthly club rides led by an experienced ride leader, four potluck brunches each year, access to insider information on the best places to ride, and plenty of new friends to ride with.
The organization also emphasizes ATV advocacy and trail improvement, which gives members even more opportunities to get involved in the ATV community.
Are you an experienced birder? Or, do you just want to experience more local wildlife and habitats? GVAS provides information, education, and activities “to help everyone get outside and connect with the spectacular natural area we call home.” Their mission is to “strive to foster an appreciation for birds and other wildlife, preserve a diversity of habitats, and provide a sustainable healthy environment through education, research and individual action.”