Links to BCH Organizations in Colorado
Back Country Horsemen of America
  San Juan BCH - Pagosa Springs Grand Mesa BCH - Grand Junction fb gmbch
  Front Range BCH - Littleton Four Corners BCH -Durango fb 4cbch
  Northern Colorado BCH - Greeley Mesa Verde BCH - Cortez
  Rocky Mountain BCH - Penrose Trailwise BCH - Del Norte
  Mountain Trekkers BCH - Eagle Blog Instagram  
BCHCO on Facebook

Download Mesa Verde BCH Horsemen's Guide to Trail Riding

Links to Federal and Colorado Agencies
USFS - Rocky Mountain Region (R2)
  Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pike & San Isabel National Forests
  Rio Grande National Forest Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests
  San Juan National Forest Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison Nat'l Forests
  White River National Forest  
National Parks in Colorado
  Rocky Mountain National Park Great Sand Dunes National Park
  Mesa Verde National Park  
  Colorado Parks & Wildlife  
Links to Advocacy Organizations
  The Colorado Trail Colorado Horse Council
  Continental Divide Trail Coalition Colorado Horse Development Authority
  San Juan Mountains Association Southwest Conservation Corps
  Trails 2000

Western Slope No-Fee Coalition

  The Wilderness Society Equine Land Conservation Resource
  Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics American Horse Council
  American Trails National Trails Training Partnership
  Partnership for the National Trails System Coalition for Recreational Trails

"What the Horse Sees" Poster

In the interst of education, the Back Country Horsemen of Idaho developed a poster depicting what equines see when they encounter a silent, fast moving bike and rider. It tells the story of a basic fear equines have of predator animals and why, if caught unaware, they react to a biker's presence.

All trail users must work at sharing multiple use trails so that no single group will be shut out of an area. It is imperative that user groups work together to educate the public and each other about interacting in a positive manner.

This 11"x17" poster is available for download (3.3 MB) as an Adobe pdf which can be printed and distributed to local bikenshops.


Volunteer Service Reporting

Volunteerism is one of the most important activities Back Country Horsemen can use in our effort to perpetuate enjoyable common sense use of horses in the backcountry.

It is important to understand that the value of volunteer service goes beyond trail work hours. It also includes time members devote to engagement in the management planning process. Other reported expenses like travel time, stock use, stock and equipment hauling, and in-kind donations add to the value of our volunteer service.

The volunteer service by Back Country Horsemen is consistently underreported. It seems that while our members are more than willing to volunteer their time and energy to maintain trails all across the country, many are reluctant to report the hours and expenses incurred in that effort.

The BCHA website has complete information on the importance of reporting the volunteer efforts of our members. Click here to access the Reporting Form, Guidelines, and PowerPoint presentation.


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'Support the Horse' Colorado License plates

May 14, 2008 was a great day for equus Coloradus—the horses in Colorado—when Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 178 into a law creating a special license plate honoring the contributions the horse industry makes to the culture and economy of Colorado. The bill was sponsored by Senator Jim Isgar and Representative Marsha Looper, both strong proponents of the state’s agricultural interests.


Colorado BCH
Tif Rodriguez, Chairman
P. O. Box 812
Cortez, CO 81321

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