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
Lodge Pole Creek
Elk Creek Cut-Across
Table Mt./Green Creek
Jim Mountain Cut-Across
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Howard Sanders for work projects (email@example.com).