About Cal4Wheel

WE ARE ... Dedicated ... Determined ... On the Move...

We're the California Four Wheel Drive Association, Inc. Since 1959, our non-profit organization has actively promoted the advancement of vehicle oriented outdoor recreation. Today, the association represents over 8,000 members and 160 member clubs. We are the largest organization of this type in California and represent owners of all makes and models of 4WD vehicles, as well as non-owners who support responsible vehicle-oriented recreation.

Helping 4 Wheelers...

We maintain a full-time office in Sacramento. Our staff and volunteers work closely with legislators and land use managers to provide input, influence, expertise, and manpower to keep lands open to 4WD vehicle access. Many successful battles have been waged and won to keep trails open all over the state. We keep our members informed about important issues and changing laws through our bimonthly magazine, In Gear, and regular email updates.

Having fun...

Members enjoy association-sponsored events all year round. These events cover every type of terrain in every corner of the state. Whether you are interested in extremely challenging "hard rock" trails for the experienced enthusiast, or milder runs for the new four-wheeler, we have several events just for you. Many of our member clubs also sponsor monthly runs open to all.

Making a difference...

Our members are active in conservation projects throughout California. Projects, which are coordinated with local agencies, can range from tree planting to removing junk cars from remote areas, from closing off entrances of hazardous mine shafts to repairing trail damage. We have received national recognition by winning "Take Pride in California" awards, and "Volunteers For Public Lands" national awards. Many clubs also have Adopt-A-Trails that they maintain.

Coming Up


11.11.2016 - 11.13.2016


9:00 am 11.19.2016 - 5:00 pm 11.20.2016


01.07.2017 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


01.13.2017 - 01.15.2017


01.13.2017 - 01.15.2017


01.21.2017 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Latest News

  • New Cal4Wheel store launched! +

    We are pleased to announce a major overhaul to our online store! Our goal was to make the store faster, Read More
  • Hi-Landers say thanks for grant +

    The Hi-Landers 4WD Club wrote to say thanks for a grant from the C4WDA Conservation and Education Foundation. The funds Read More
  • Northern Spotted Owl listed as a Threatened Species under the California Endangered Species Act +

    Northern Spotted Owl On August 25, 2016, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted unanimously to list the northern spotted owl (Strix Read More
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