About Friends of Browns Canyon

Friends of Browns Canyon 501(c)3 organization formed by a group of passionate outdoors recreationists who came together to advocate for permanent protection for Browns Canyon. Now that the area is protected as a national monument, we have shifted our attention to stewardship, sustainability and enhancements that will help others enjoy the remarkable Browns Canyon ecosystem and learn about its unique environment and history.

Our members are hikers, equestrians, whitewater enthusiasts and guides, anglers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, hunters, photographers and more. If you would like to join us in our efforts, please consider becoming a member. Click here to download our membership brochure, or join now online using a credit card or a PayPal account by selecting your membership level and clicking the Subscribe button.

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Friends of Browns Canyon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a member of the Conservation Lands Foundation’s Friends Grassroots Network. Friends of Browns Canyon was co-founded by Jerry Mallett and Michael Kunkel and registered with the State of Colorado in 2003.

Efforts to protect Browns Canyon date back to the 1970s, and local actions to protect Browns Canyon began in earnest in the late 1990s. Coordination with local, state and national politicians – including former Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colorado Springs), who was the original congressional champion of Browns Canyon legislation – and involvement of local businesses, organizations and individuals over the past 15 years drove efforts to protect the unique landscapes that make Browns Canyon special.

A volunteer board of directors governs FOBC, which receives its funding from grants, individual and organizational donations, and fundraising events. FOBC welcomes your support and is happy to answer questions, provide guest opinion columns and speak to civic groups and other organizations. Please use the contact form on the right side of each page to contact us.