Important Coming Events

BCHCO Board Meeting

Board of Directors business meeting for representatives
of all Back Country Horsemen of Colorado chapters

Saturday, March 17, 2018
11:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Buena Vista, Colorado
Buena Vista Community Center

Contact Tif Rodriguez, Chairman, 970-882-3477 or

Back Country Horsemen of Colorado Take Action!
Voice Your Opposition to:

H.R. 1349 - To amend the Wilderness Act to ensure that the use of bicycles, wheelchairs, strollers, and game carts is not prohibited in Wilderness Areas, and for other purposes.

For over 50 years it’s been prohibited by the landmark Wilderness Act. But a new group, the Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC), intends to change that. The STC’s president proclaimed that legalizing mountain bikes in wilderness is inevitable. They claim the Wilderness Act has become the victim of outdated thinking and bureaucratic “lethargy and inertia.”

The Wilderness Act of 1964 is not outdated.

In the continental U.S., less than 3% of the land is designated wilderness. That’s just 3% of the landscape to which horseman can escape and be assured of a relatively primitive recreational experience. Further, according to the U.S. Forest Service, 98 percent of all the trails on land it manages outside of designated wilderness are open to bicycles. It and other agencies continue to create and open new mountain biking trails across the country. So it’s hard for folks to argue that not allowing bikes in wilderness is restricting or harming public access.

Other reasons bike use would be problematic include:

  • The rapid speeds at which mountain bikes are capable of traveling, combined with their often silent approach, would create significant safety hazards for horsemen on steep, narrow or winding trails.
  • Worse still would be safety hazards for persons leading a pack string, where a bike startling the least-trained horse or mule among the pack string could bolt and/or endanger the entire party.
  • Solitude or a primitive and unconfined recreational experience would be lost if horsemen were forced to constantly scan the trail ahead and over their shoulder for rapidly approaching bikes.
    Please join BCHA in voicing opposition to H.R. 1349, which would authorize bikes in Wilderness. Inform your member of Congress today.

View the BCHCO Testimony in opposition to HR1349 here

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

March 9 - 11, 2018

National Western Stock Show Complex, Denver, Colorado

Four Corners Back Country Horsemen
Annual Consignment Tack Sale

Saturday, April 7, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Consignment Check-in Friday, April 6, 2018

La Plata County Fairgrounds
Durango, Colorado

For information contact Don Kelly 970-903-0536 or

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

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