• Boundary

    Of all the Back Country Horsemen Chapters in the USA, our boundary touches the most wilderness areas!

    2023 Membership Application Form (More details below in the Membership Section)

  • 2022 Wilderness Rider Champion

    Congratulations to Jennifer Downs, our 2022 Champion Wilderness Rider! Jennifer rode in all 7 wilderness areas that out boundary touches during the summer 2022 season and won a custom silver belt buckle from Montana Silversmiths.

    Compete For Your Own Custom Silver Belt Buckle

    Competition runs May 1 - December 1, annually.


    Okay, okay, we have to verify our bold statement... but... to the best of our knowledge, Mountain Trekkers' boundary touches the most wilderness areas out of any BCHA chapter. The goal is to ride in all 7 of our wilderness areas. Please RECORD YOUR RIDES IN THE GAIA GPS APP, available in all app stores. This request is new as of 2022 and will help us better track your rides.


    The ride does not need to be within chapter boundaries, simply within that wilderness complex. Mileage breaks ties; a round of Black Jack breaks ties if final mileage and number of wilderness complexes completed creates a deadlock. Please reach out to us for detailed rules at mountaintrekkersbch@gmail.com.

  • Connect With Us

    Email: mountaintrekkersbch@gmail.com



  • Our Chapter

    Covers Gorgeous High Country

    Who We Are

    Passionate equine fans

    Mountain Trekkers is a local chapter of the Colorado Back Country Horsemen and the Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA). We are a devoted group of equestrians and horse, mule, and burro lovers who advocate for equestrian access to public lands and assist with trail maintenance to keep the trails open for all user groups.


    We want to connect you to other passionate equestrians!

    Are you new to trail riding or backcountry riding and want to connect to an experienced mentor? Are you a backcountry-savvy equestrian who wants to encourage others to hit the trails? Email mountaintrekkersbch@gmail.com and we will connect you to a local trail partner!


    What We Do

    Provide social & educational opportunities

    The Mountain Trekkers Chapter works in Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Area 8 which includes the Holy Cross Wilderness, Eagles Nest Wilderness, Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness, Flat Tops Wilderness, and the White River National Forest. We plan trail maintenance projects with management agencies such as the United States Forest Service and Colorado Parks & Wildlife, host equestrian social events, host equestrian education events, and advocate for trail riders–all while having ridiculous amounts of fun.


  • Events

    Email mountaintrekkersbch@gmail.com for registration information or to find out more about any of our events.

    Annual Spring Fling Ride

    May 20, 2023

    Spring Fling at Brush Creek Valley Ranch and Open Space in Eagle. This ride and potluck lunch will kick off the season while we confirm new board members. Rain date is June 3.


    Equine Back Country First Aid Class

    May 31, 2023

    This 1-hour evening class with Dr. Susan O'Brien of On-Site Veterinary will get you more prepared to hit the trails this summer. Great for newbies or as a refresher. Free for members; first aid kits will be available for purchase. Click here for full details. Email mountaintrekkersbch@gmail.com to register.

    Backcountry Skills Clinic

    June 18, 2023, 10 am - 12 pm

    Hands-on training for all levels of backcountry riders - even if you have never hit the trails. Topics/skills will likely cover gear and equipment including hobbles and highlines, navigation, knots, tips for making the best trail/camping food, and more! The clinic will be held in Eagle. Participants must RSVP to mountaintrekkersbch@gmail.com.

    Are you an expert in these skills or other backcountry topics? We would love to have you join us as an instructor. Please email mountaintrekkersbch@gmail.com for more information.

    Annual Poker Ride

    September 16, 2023

    Join us for a fun ride, a poker hand, pri zes, and a catered lunch.

    Trail and location TBD - check back soon!

  • Our Impact


    Annual COBCH Membershpis

    $1.2 Billion

    Colorado Horse Industry Value


    Annual COBCH Volunteer Hours

  • What Does Your Membership Do?

    • Provides funds for local trail maintenance
    • Membership numbers add weight to equestrian advocacy
    • Increases BCHA's community presence
    • Opportunities for community involvement
    • Buys you a ton of new friends (Just kidding, though we are a friendly group!)

    What Does Membership Cost?

    • Individual - $35
    • Family - $55
    • Youth - $25

    Membership Benefits

    • Discounts at Cavallo and US Rider
    • Access to social rides and events
    • Compete in the Wilderness Rider Belt Buckle Competition
    • Connect with an experienced trail mentor

    How Do I Become a Member?

    Memberships cycle in May, annually. Please fill out the Membership Form; we will respond with an invoice from our accounting application, Wave. You may pay with cash or check but we do prefer a credit/debit card payment via Wave for ease of tracking.


    2023 Membership Form 

  • Current Board Members & Terms

    All board members serve for 2 terms.

    President & Secretary

    Rika Moore - Turnover May 2024

    Vice President

    Vanda Whittaker - Turnover May 2024


    Sarah Crawford - Turnover May 2024

    Board Member at Large

    Debra Dupree Batten - Turnover May 2025

    Board Member at Large

    Lana Bryce - Turnover May 2025