Wyoming Back Country Horsemen of America is a non-profit organization
presently made up of eight 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. Wyoming Back Country Horsemen is
dedicated to conserving Wyoming public lands and protecting stock user's
historic right to use back country trails and forage areas.
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 through
- To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in
America's back country and wilderness lands.
- To work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational
- To assist the agencies responsible for the management of public
lands in meeting their goals.
- To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise
and sustaining use of the back country resources by horsemen and the
general public commensurate with our heritage and "Leave No Trace"
- To foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country
The Wyoming BCH has a statewide meeting 4 times a year.
Wyoming Back Country Horsemen of America
c/o Bill Hackney
11870 W. Zero Rd.
Casper, WY 82604-9615