Back Country Horsemen of America
Santa Fe Chapter of New Mexico, Inc.
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Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA) Santa Fe Chapter of New Mexico, Inc. (BCHSF) welcomes you to browse our web pages for information on joining the BCHA, projects and rides, contact info, and much more! BCHA is a great resource for info on packing, camping with your horses, trail conditions, places to ride, and many other items of interest to horse people and outdoorsmen in general.

BCHSF works closely with several U.S. Forest Service agencies such as the Espanola, Santa Fe, Cuba, and Canjilon Ranger Districts, as well as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and county agencies.

Besides volunteer work and trail maintenance, we also go on fun rides and trips into the backcountry. Our meetings often feature a guest speaker--such as a local veterinarian, author, or map specialist--who shares valuable information and experiences with our group. The public is always welcome to attend any meeting, ride, or function of BCHSF to learn more and experience what BCHA is all about.

The Santa Fe Chapter is unique because we have such a broad area of northern New Mexico in which to ride and work. Our travels take us from desert floor to trails that exceed 10,000 feet in elevation. Along the way, scenery changes from sand, sage, and juniper to mountains, pines, and meadows.

The horse has earned a noble place in our western heritage; its usefullness and devotion have been second to none. The BCHA was formed to preserve our traditional right to use recreational stock in the backcountry. What has always been our traditional right now appears to be in jeopardy. We believe continued stock use-- in harmony with the capacity of our public lands--is in the best interest of the majority of Americans. It is our intention to ensure that our traditional rights are protected by promoting wise stock use with minimum adverse impact to the backcountry.

We would like to acknowledge, BCHA-New Mexico's official state website. You can access the BCHNM home page from any of our pages by using the links.

Be sure to check out the Rides and Projects page. You will find info on upcoming events, updates, info on past events, ideas in the works, and other tidbits! See the Event Calendar at the bottom of the page. Click on a date to see details for that event. Updated info on the yearly Rendezvous is included. Rendezvous is an all chapter get-together, with seven chapters represented. Rendezvous features a multi-day campout with rides, seminars, speakers, projects, raffles, cookouts, and more. Rendezvous is held at various different locations throughout the state.

General News and Announcements

As a member, each month you will receive an email with the minutes of general meeting. If you prefer, it can be mailed to you. You may also receive other emails periodically with info about projects, industry-related news, and other items.

You will also receive a quarterly newsletter from BCHA. If you have not received your newsletter after paying your membership (allow time to process), please advice one of our officers. Sometimes the time between your joining and when the newsletter goes out can exceed 3 months. It is important to join or renew your membership as closely to the beginning of the year as possible to avoid missing out on any of the issues.

In 2011, BCHSF became incorporated and gained non-profit status as a 501(c)4 entity. This incorporation was required mostly because of the new banking rules, but also most clubs or organizations that collect money in the form of dues are required to be incorporated.


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