About Us

North Bay Unit of BackCountry Horsemen of California
PO Box 9435

Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Our Purpose

about-us-01Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) is a group of dedicated men and women working to preserve the historic use of trails with recreational pack and saddle stock. They perform public service activities for numerous land management agencies and they are continually working to educate their members on how to be “Gentle Users.”

The use of livestock has played an important role in the American culture. California and the western states have particularly had a long tradition of using pack and saddle stock in the backcountry.  BCHC carries on this tradition in modern times. With this use comes the responsibility and obligation to care for our public lands and to ensure their use for future generations.

Backcountry Horsemen of California works in cooperation with government agencies to help clear trails, maintain historic sites, construct new facilities, sponsor educational seminars and clinics, and assist with service projects as requested.  They also strive to stay current on relevant issues and to provide input on management plans and activities that pertain to backcountry trails on public lands.