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Our History

Wyoming Back Country Horsemen History

Wyoming Back Country Horsemen of America is a non-profit organization presently made up of seven chapters spread across our great state.  These chapters work with public agencies in their chapter areas and have developed relationships to assist these agencies in making decisions for the good of recreational stock users.

Back Country Horsemen of America History

The idea of Back Country Horsemen of America was originated

by concerned horse users in Montana after the passage of The

Wilderness Act in 1964. The first club was formed there in 1973. 

The BCHA movement spread and in 1979 a number of Montana

and Idaho clubs formed the Back Country Horsemen of America. 

Currently there are approximately 150 local chapters with a

membership of over 14,000 nationwide.


In 1989, the Wind River BCHA of the Riverton-Lander area was

organized as the first chapter in Wyoming.  Since that time,

chapters have been formed statewide with a current membership

of over 400 individuals.  The Wyoming BCHA was formed in 1993.


Since 1996, the Wyoming Back Country Horsemen of America have contributed over $588,820 in volunteer labor on trails, at trailheads, and in educational roles.

We Invite you!

Please consider becoming a BCH member.  Our many fun activities also help create opportunities for every equestrian to get involved. As a member, you can meet new equestrian friends, help us build credible relationships with local and regional federal state and city forest partners, be informed on news that impacts our equestrian access to public lands and help on a work party now and then. There is fun for everyone.