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Hello fellow four-wheelers and thanks for stopping a moment to read a little more about our group.

The Colorado Rock Hoppers was formed is 1997 with a membership totaling 6. Our current membership total is 17. We have a wide variety of vehicles ranging from 70's something Jeeps, to Rock Buggies, and Land Rovers.

We have members who have held office with the Colorado Assoc. of 4-Wheel Drive Clubs and also have many members who are very active in land use issues.

The club has developed and adopted Independence trail system. Our club worked with the BLM and local business owner Jerry Panek of Predator 4WD to obtain a grant to build the Independence trail system. This grant money has enabled the club to build signs, buy cabling and a pionjar. The grant money was funded in part from the State Trails program which comes from Lottery funds as well as Federal funds. The pionjar, a rock drill, has been used to drill and mount many winch points throughout the trail. Several signs have been posted that detail the type of equipment needed along with the difficulty of the trail. This trail system is a great example of how to work in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management or any other land managing agency to meet their requirements while still providing a challenging 4-wheel drive experience. The club and Predator 4WD, along with many interested 4-wheelers have work weekends at 1east twice a year to maintain Independence and several thousand hours in development. A good time is had by all of these weekends. If your club is in need of the pionjar, it can be rented, please contact the number below for more information.

We take annual trips to Moab in the spring and fall. We have members who attend the Chili Challenge in Las Cruises, NM and a few members have competed in the Rock Crawling Challenge. Our club members prefer the most skill challenging trails for their well prepared vehicles and driving skills. ,

Our club built the CA4WDCI raffle vehicle for 1999. It brought in a record high profit for land use funds and scholarships.

We are also involved in the "Christmas for Kids" program through the Human Services Department in Colorado Springs. We have been involved with this program for the past five years. Each year the Southern District 4-Wheel Drive Clubs are given a list of approximately 350 kids. Our club usually sponsors between 50 and 75 kids. The club solicits donations from businesses, individuals and club members. We are given a list of the kids, ages and what they would like. A shopping and wrapping day is planned. We break up into groups and tackle the list. Then a parade is scheduled that winds throughout Colorado Springs and eventually ends up at the Human Services building. The gifts are dropped off to the Social Workers and they distribute them to the children.

Last year over 160 vehicles were involved in the parade and the Southern District clubs provided for over 400 of kids. Providing for these kids is the best experience of the year for our club.

So if you're looking for a club or just passing through and need someone to call, we will try to accommodate.

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