Great Friends, Great Times, Great Outdoors!

Great Outdoors is the largest LGBTQA+ outdoors recreation club in the western United States.  We go camping; host day hikes; have movie nights; host potlucks and holiday parties; and visit gardens, galleries, and museums.  

The Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter has many local social events as well as camping trips across the entire Southwest USA.  Thank you for checking us out!

COVID-19 and GO Events

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Great Outdoors has suspended all in-person events and outings until further notice.

We will be back in touch with everyone when it’s safe to go out in groups again.  Unfortunately, nobody knows when that will be.  Until then, please keep yourself safe, and others safe, by limiting your interactions with others, and by practicing physical distancing.  As of the time of this message, people are still allowed to get fresh air outside by going for walks or hikes.  If you do go outside, maintain about a 6 foot distance between you and others. For more information on COVID-19 please visit

Times like this can be very mentally and emotionally taxing on any person.  Your Great Outdoors core group is here for you. Please reach out if you are in need of ANYTHING, and we’ll see how we can help.

Be well, my friends!

Yours in Great Outdoors,

Chris Fava (webmaster)

Upcoming events

General Meeting and Pizza Social

General Meeting and Pizza Soci

Third Wednesday of every month

Core Group Meeting starts at 6 pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

Pizza Social starts at 7 pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President Joe D.

Become a Member

Memberships last for 1 year, and entitle you to pay the member fee for outings and events.  Join Now!

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California Great Outdoors, Inc. is a 501(C)7 not for profit, all-volunteer LGBTQA+ organization dedicated to the enjoyment of outdoor recreation. Copyright 1981 - 2020 by California Great Outdoors, Inc. All rights reserved.

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