PLEASE NOTE: The 2017 RumbleX has been postponed until 2018. We will keep you up to date on the details!

September 8-10, 2017
Blue River Wilderness Retreat, Gila National Forest, Arizona

We want to take the freshly emerging recreation and conservation partnership outside.
We want to play and protect while we're there, and we want to rub shoulders with inspirational people while spending time in the wild with our families and friends too.
So we started a rumble... and at its heart it's about JOY!


The 2nd Annual Conservation Athlete Rendezvous, led by Wildlands Network and supported by Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, is in the Gila National Forest— September 8-10, 2017. Brand ambassador athletes and their friends and family, are joined by event organizers, outdoor industry brand representatives, leading conservationists and other spirited supporters for a weekend of conservation advocacy training, fellowship, and outdoor exploration. We will learn about the science of the region, the Aldo Leopold Wildlife Corridor proposal, and ways to take action for the region.

Professional outdoor athletes have an incredible voice that echoes far beyond their immediate communities and the environments where they perform. They inspire, they motivate, and they captivate thousands. When they speak, people listen. Their accomplishments—and the landscapes where they excel—are viewed by thousands through traditional and social media outlets as well as film and video. Increasingly, the places where they ply their art and craft in the United States, often on public lands and critical to our nation’s wildlife, are at risk. Many of these athletes tell us they want to do more to conserve these places and the wildness they hold, and they want to know how.


What to expect

  • The Rumble X is a camping event, please bring your own gear and appropriate apparel for two nights of camping.

  • Weather at this time of year can be variable. We are hoping for sunny skies, but be prepared for cold, hot, and rain. The Southwest is a landscape of extremes.

  • Food will be provided for the event. We will do our best to accommodate diets, but you might have to provide your own if you have a special diet. 

  • This is a family friendly event. Please feel free to bring your family, but be sure to register them as well! We are limited on space and appreciate your help staying within our participant cap.


(Subject to change)

Friday Sept. 8

Saturday Sept. 9

  • Breakfast

  • Aldo Leopold Wildlife Corridor: discussion

  • Explorations: go on adventures together in the Gila-Blue, visit the famous greenfire site.

  • Dinner & Room to Roam Discussion: discussion about conservation biology, wildlife corridors, saving nature, and the alignment with the outdoor industry and recreationists, with Dave Foreman and John Davis.

  • Campfire, story telling, & music

Sunday Sept. 10

  • Breakfast

  • Conservation in the Gila

  • Advocacy Education Workshops 

  • Pack up gear, and depart around 2pm