About Us


A group of private and commercial packers met in 1981 to form the High Sierra Stock Users Association with the purpose of representing horsemen in dealings with the administrators of public lands.

The Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) is comprised of members who are passionate about keeping public lands open and accessible for ALL – which includes non-equestrians and ALL who love trails. All of our organization is volunteer based and functions under the guidance of the BCHC Executive Board of Directors.

OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE of the Backcountry Horsemen of California from the BCHC bylaws:

  • To improve and promote the use, care and development of California backcountry trails, campsites, streams and meadows; to advocate good trail manners.
  • To promote the conservation and utilization of our backcountry resources in concert with livestock transportation.
  • To keep the backcountry trails and forage areas open to horsemen on all public lands.
  • To keep current information before the Corporation membership and its local Units regarding new legislation or management plans related to government regulations of the backcountry.
  • To support or oppose new proposals, plans and restrictions as related to the interest of horsemen and those persons interested in recreational stock use and enjoying the backcountry.
  • To promote the interest of people who, due to health or physical factors, need transportation other than by foot on backcountry trails.
  • To assist in keeping the public informed of the vital need for a clean backcountry.
  • To promote a working relationship with and keep the work and interests of the Corporation before our local, state and federal officials.
  • To assist in the formation and continuation of local Units to carry out these purposes.
  • To promote public awareness and interest in the historical aspect of horsemen and stock in the backcountry and to help educate backcountry users on ways to use the trail and forage in a manner that conserves the backcountry resources.

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