Back Country Horsemen of America®

Dedicated to keeping America's trails open for all.


BCH of California Teach Youth Winning Packing Skills
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Back Country Horsemen from coast to coast volunteer their time and resources protecting our right to ride horses on public land, so our children and our grandchildren can travel the landscape as our ancestors did, on the backs of horses. BCHA members regularly share their knowledge and skills with youth, so they can enjoy the horses and the countryside safely … Read More

BCH of Washington Surpasses Project Goals
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Back Country Horsemen of America makes huge strides every year in their effort to keep trails open for horse use. One secret to their success is their habit of doing more than the job requires. If they’re fixing a trail tread, they’ll pick up the litter they find along the way. If they’re installing a bridge, they’ll trim that low-hanging … Read More

BCH of California Gets It Done, and Then Some
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Spring, summer, fall, and winter, Back Country Horsemen of America works throughout the year to keep trails open for horse use. One of the original states to form BCHA, Back Country Horsemen of California donate their time and personal resources to creating and improving horseback riding opportunities across the state. Now You Can Lead a Horse to Water… Several years … Read More

BCHA-BCHW public scoping comments regarding the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan
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Mount Rainier National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan – BCHA-BCHW public scoping comments regarding the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan Here is the full PDF document for you to read.

Help BCHA secure more horseback riding opportunities at Mount Rainer National Park
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  In 2002 the National Park Service all but eliminated horseback use at Mount Rainier National Park, with the sole exceptions being the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and one feeder trail to the PCT? That decision represents an enormous bur under the saddle of horsemen, who have endured the near prohibition of pack and saddle stock in that park for … Read More

BCHA Provides the Rationale for Why Congress Must Pass the “Forest Trail Stewardship” Bill
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Randy Rasmussen speaks on the need for, and origins of, the current National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. Our audience included BCH folks and trail supporters for the bill, Lewis & Clark alumni and other national scenic and historic trails supporters. A key point is the visibility offered by BCHA as the presenter of the webinar on this nationally important “Forest … Read More

BCHA-BCHC sends public scoping comments regarding the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan

BCHA-BCHC sends public scoping comments regarding Yosemite National Park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan. Here is the full PDF document for you to read.

Take Action on Yosemite National Park Management Plan, Please Submit Comments on the Stewardship Plan
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Do you desire to one day ride your horse or mule in Yosemite National Park along the park’s many Wilderness trails or even the Pacific Crest Trail? Have you been one of the lucky persons who already has visited Yosemite Wilderness, but wants to continue to enjoy the same freedoms that you did during your last trip? Please submit public … Read More

Pisgah BCH of NC – Building Sustainable Highline Systems
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What do you do when a wonderful place to camp with horses is being “loved to death” and the ground becoming a boggy mess? Why you team up with your land manager, work out some plans, roll up your sleeves and get to work! The Back Country Horsemen of North Carolina , Pisgah chapter (Pisgah Ranger District near Brevard, North … Read More

Mountain Man BCH of Montana Winter Horse Activitys
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Dan Stroud of the Mountain Man Back Country Horsemen of Montana  writes about one of their winter horse activity’s. Many of you in this Montana basin have horses that you spend a lot of time on in the summer, on trails, pack-trips, herding cattle and just riding. If you are like me, you sometimes can’t wait for it to get warmer so … Read More

Back Country Horsemen of Wyoming Annual Rendezvous – 2015
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Squaretop and the Lower Green River Lake Well; it’s January, 2016 and I’m just now sitting down to write something about the 2015 Back Country Horsemen Rendezvous in Wyoming. The Rendezvous was hosted by the Pinedale Chapter, called the Mountain Man Backcountry Horsemen, fitting for the area with its past trapper rendezvous. The Upper Green River Lakes was the site … Read More

New Poll shows Broad Support for Federal Public Land Ownership
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A new poll by Colorado College shows broad support for federal public land ownership. Up to 60 percent of Western voters oppose proposals to sell federal land to private sources or transfer ownership to the states. Against an uptick in anti-public lands rhetoric from militant extremists, a new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll … Read More

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