SO! Subgroups

Seniors Outdoors! Subgroups

Seniors Outdoors! Social (SOS)

This active group maintains a separate schedule of activities that are open to any member of the club, whether single or not (SOS Schedule). In addition to hikes and other outdoor events, the group organizes numerous social events. These can include: happy hour or dinner at a local restaurant, dinners or potlucks at members’ homes, trips to a local theater to see a movie, and more.

Contact the SOS Coordinator for more information.

Hiking

The Wednesday Wanderers group meets every Wednesday throughout the year, weather permitting, to enjoy an easy to moderate hike, usually in Durango or nearby. Wednesday Wanderer outings can be found in the SO! Outing schedule, and are identified by “WW Hike” in the title.

Contact the Wednesday Wanderers Coordinator for more information.

The Wednesday Easy Hikers group, identified as “WEH” in the outing titles,  also meets most Wednesdays except during the winter when individuals may join the Wednesday Wanderers to walk the river trail. The Wednesday Easy Hikers walk the paths a little slower and sometimes take an easier route than the Wednesday Wanderers. It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with others at a pace that works for you.

Contact the Wednesday Easy Hikers Coordinator for more information.

Bicycling

Monday Road Bike Rides

Ride details: This is a Monday morning social bicycle ride from Rec Center southwest lot to Trimble Crossing (PJ’s) and return. Each week, weather permitting, we’ll meet at Rec Center, ride to Animas View Drive to CR 203 to Trimble Crossing (PJ’s) where we’ll stop for coffee and pastries. From PJ’s we’ll take CR 250 back to Rec Center  This moderate, 16 mile round trip ride leaves from the Rec Center promptly at 10AM until it gets hotter.

The average riding time is 1hour and 20-30 minutes. With PJ’s stop we will be back in less than 2 hrs. During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Contact John Martin @ mudpatch22@gmail.com  970-749-4056 if necessary. I will use my Monday biker email list to announce the first SO ride Monday, May 3rd and so you can be notified of time change, route change or cancellations due to weather, etc.

Thursday Road Bike Rides

Spring through Fall, weather permitting, this group meets every Thursday at the Rec Center for a 28-mile road ride north through the Animas Valley.

Ride Details: We ride from the Rec Center north to CR 203 to US 550 then on CR 250 to Baker’s Bridge, returning south on CR 250 with a stop at Bread at the end for food, coffee and conversation. The emphasis is on health and camaraderie (no one gets dropped) and usually takes about 2½ to 3hrs. Helmets required and cell phones requested. For early spring and late fall rides warm dress is advised. Start time varies, 9 or 10 am, depending on the season, see calendar for current times. First time riders RSVP to ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org with your name and cell number to get on the email list. During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Skiing

SO! Downhill Ski Group.  Meet other SO! skiers and ski with a group at your level on various days throughout the ski season.  Skiers and boarders of all abilities welcome. Email skiing@seniorsoutdoors.org to be placed on the SO! Downhill Ski Group distribution list.  Please provide:

  • Self-description of your skier abilities, e.g. intermediate
  • Land line phone number if available.
  • Cell phone number if you carry a cell phone on the mountain.

If you are looking for ski companions of similar abilities, then you may email everyone on the distribution list that you are organizing a ski group on days and start times of your choice.  Each group will meet at the base of Lift 1 (the Six Pack lift.)  Some will coordinate to car pool from Animas City Park.  The groups usually meet during the noon hour for lunch at Dante’s when it is open.  You could also use the distribution list to arrange trips to other ski areas such as Wolf Creek or Telluride.

For information about skiing with specific groups of varying abilities, see Ski Group Descriptions.

All group coordinators: please submit changes to mail@seniorsoutdoors.org.