About Capo Valley 4 Wheelers

Founded in 1979, Capo Valley 4 Wheelers (CV4W) is a family-oriented, environmentally sensitive group of four wheeling enthusiasts whose mission is to foster camaraderie, share experience, and promote the sport of four wheeling.

Capo Valley 4 Wheelers maintains a roster of 50+ active members, spanning the spectrum from highly-experienced to rookie off roaders. Capo Valley 4 Wheelers is centered in South Orange County, holding monthly meetings in San Juan Capistrano, with members geographically dispersed from as far as Big Bear, California to Parker, Arizona, and everywhere in between.

Capo Valley 4 Wheelers participates in the Adopt-A-Trail program, and we have adopted our own trail: Tip Top Mountain Forest Road 2N90 in the San Bernardino National Forest. Capo Valley 4 Wheelers are members of the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, the Blue Ribbon Coalition, and Tread Lightly!

Capo Valley 4 Wheelers events run the gamut from social gatherings and easy off-road excursions to very challenging technical off-road adventures. We welcome new members of all experience levels.

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Meeting Location

Meetings are held at 7:30pm on the first Wednesday of every Month.

Hennessey's Tavern
34111 La Plaza
Dana Point, CA 92629

Officers & Board


Vice President



Membership Director


Adopt-A-Trail Rep

Board Member

Sea Dawg
At Large

Rogue one
At Large

At Large

Sea Dawg
Past President

Rules & Regulations

  • Must own a 4 wheel drive vehicle
  • Members must conduct them self in a respectable and orderly fashion. (Family oriented club)
  • Must hold a valid drivers license and insurance for vehicle
  • Each vehicle mus have seat belts, first aid kit, HAM radio, roll bar, or hard top, and be in a reliable state of repair
  • Applicants for membership must attend two general meetings and two club-sponsored runs
  • Applicants will then be reviewed by the Board and then voted upon
  • Applicants will be notified at the following general meeting


  • Q. What do I need to do to get admitted to the club?
  • A. Attend at least two meetings, make at least two trail runs, and be approved by a vote of the board of directors.
  • Q. How much are the annual dues?
  • A. $45/year, due in May and prorated for new members.
  • Q. How is the money spent?
  • A. Almost all of it pays for the meeting room and annual Christmas Party.
  • Q. Does the club provide insurance for its runs, meetings, and/or events?
  • A. No, you participate at your own risk.
  • Q. Is there a fee for runs?
  • A. No, all runs are free to members and their guests.
  • Q. Can I bring my family on the runs?
  • A. Yes, we are a family oriented club.
  • Q. How many runs does the club make each month?
  • A. Usually one. Sometimes two.
  • Q. How many days do runs last?
  • A. Every run is different; a long run may start Friday afternoon and last until Sunday evening. Others are as short as just one day, typically Saturday or Sunday. The trail boss decides the start and finish times for the runs
  • Q. Where does the club go for the runs?
  • A. Mostly Southern California deserts and mountains. Occasionally we go out of state. The runs always comply with the applicable regulations for off road use.
  • Q. What are the minimum vehicle equipment recommendations for the runs?
  • A. Front bumper tow attachments/hooks, A CB radio, and a first aide kit.
  • Q. What items are required?
  • A. Roll bar, working seat belts, safe vehicle in good working condition.
  • Q. Do I need big tires, a lift, and lockers for the runs?
  • A. Occasionally, the trail boss for each run will tell the club what to expect on his run. Many runs can be made by a bone stock Jeep. Some require significant modifications. Pick the run that's right for you. Talk to the trail boss at the next meeting or call him to find out what to expect out of a run.
  • Q. Do the trail runs involve camping?
  • A. Frequently, sometimes we dry camp in the middle of nowhere and sometimes we use campgrounds. The trail boss for each run makes that determination. Some folks will stay in motels if any are close to the runs. See our dry camp out primer below if you are wondering what dry camping is all about.
  • Q. Do you have campfires when camping?
  • A. Yes, and we will get the necessary permits as required by the applicable local regulations.
  • Q. Are food and beverages provided during the runs?
  • A. No, everyone is responsible for his or her own food and beverages.
  • Q. Can I bring my dog on the run?
  • A. Maybe, it is okay if your dog gets along well with other dogs and people.
  • Q. Where do I find the club website?
  • A. www.cv4w.org