The Santa Maria Four Wheelers was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1964. Our goal is to promote family and environmentally friendly off-road experiences. Our Club is a member of the California Four Wheel Drive Association – whose main goal is to keep public lands open to the public. Membership in the Santa Maria Four Wheelers is open to anyone interested in camping, trail riding, and enjoying the great outdoors.
We participate in many volunteer programs, including Adopt-A-Highway, Adopt-A-Trail, Adopt-An-Area, and Beach Cleanups. Our Adopt-A-Highway is near the Rock Front Ranch 30 miles east of US 101 on Highway 166. We have been taking care of this two mile stretch for over 20 years. Our Adopt-A-Trail is Shaw Ridge – in the Rock Front area of Los Padres Nat’l. Forest. We maintain the trail so that it is usable for the public. We move rocks and trees, etc. from the trail. We also repair and replace trail signs provided by the Forest Service. As part of our Adopt-An-Area, we maintain camp areas in the Rock Front area – building wilderness toilets, repairing picnic tables, removing litter, etc. After hunting season ends, we pick up a lot of gun shells and casings. Beach cleanups are done in coordination with Keep California Beautiful and are done at least twice a year. Again, we have been participating in these programs for at least 20 years.
We occasionally offer vehicle inspections and off-road seminars to encourage people to take care of their vehicles and enjoy the wilderness in an environmentally sensitive manner. We firmly adhere to the “Tread Lightly” creed – respecting the land – keeping it as pristine as possible for all to enjoy.
Over the years, we have been involved in many charitable events including Toy Runs and food drives. Our history includes many acts of donated time and resources for the public benefit. We are not big and loud – but we do get a lot done.
Our Club meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month – excluding December. We usually meet at a Restaurant, but we are currently meeting at 1139 Village Knoll Ct. in Santa Maria. Meetings come to order at 6:30 pm and generally last about an hour.