to Shoshone Back Country Horsemen




State Rendezvous

August 5-7, 2016

Turpin Meadows, Jackson, WY




WBCH State Meeting

April 9, 2016 - 10:00 am

Thermopolis - Days Inn




BCHA Nat'l. Board Mtg.

April 21-23, 2016

Las Vegas, NV



Shoshone Back Country Horsemen


About Us

The Shoshone Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of America of Wyoming includes members from across the Big Horn Basin of northwestern Wyoming.  We also have members from across the country who do not have a local chapter in their home state and enjoy riding in Wyoming.  All of our members have chosen to support the Back Country Horsemen of America as it promotes Leave No Trace practices and defends public access to public lands.  BCHA draws together horse people who continue to live the rich heritage developed between humans and horses in the USA.



Our club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 or 6:30 pm, depending on if there is a potluck dinner preceding the meeting.  We meet at the Park County Weed and Pest building on Hwy 14A, west of Powell.  Our yearly membership dues are $30 for an individual or family.



The Shoshone Chapter was started in March 1993 by Bob Bessler and Bill Brazelton.  These individuals became motivated by working with the U.S. Forest Service on the  Shoshone National Forest by improving and developing trailheads west of Cody.  With additional help from Amoco and Marathon Oil Company, who supplied the pipe for the horse corrals and tie racks, this chapter got its roots in developing facilities where they were badly needed.


Shoshone BCH continues to partner with the U.S.F.S. through a Cost Share Agreement to clean well over 100 miles of trail each year.  This agreement allows the U.S.F.S. to do more with their budget while focusing our volunteer efforts where they are needed the most.


The Bureau of Land Management in Cody has also partnered with the chapter on the development of multiple trailheads on BLM administered lands.


All of our income goes toward maintaining and developing trailheads, training members in backcountry first aid, correct trail clearing and Leave No Trace skills, public education and efforts which support the mission of BCHA.



We have 91.5 miles of trail cleaning contracted on a Cost Share Agreement with the SNF for 2015.  This year, we have only 14.6 miles of wilderness to clear.  We will be working on trails in these areas in the Shoshone National Forest:


Lodge Pole Creek

Reef Creek

Hoodoo Basin

Elk Creek

Elk Creek Cut-Across

Elk Horn

Little Sunlight

Gravel Bar

Goff Creek

Libby Creek

Table Mt./Green Creek

Jim Mountain

Jim Mountain Cut-Across

Trout Creek

Bobcat Creek

Houlihan Creek

West Twin Creek

Through ongoing Forest Service planning meetings, our club has shown a strong presence to speak on behalf of stock use and trail maintenance.


Trail Rides

Scheduling trail rides and work projects is an ongoing process.  If you would like to receive current notifications and alerts, please send an email to Deb Black (shoshonebch@tctwest.net) or Howard Sanders for work projects (hasanders@directairnet.com).