Gila Activities

Trail Work, projects, rides, and news

To date, the chapter has installed a number of new self closing gates in the Fort Bayard Wildlife Refuge and in the Black Range of the Gila National Forest.  Additionally, chapter members completed a new section of the Continental Divide Trail and cleared well over 300 miles of trail in the Gila National Forest including trails in the Blue Range Wilderness, Gila Wilderness and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. Members have participated in one or more of the following activities:  Pleasure Rides with two or more friends.  Having educational speakers at our meetings.  Networking to find buddies for riding, camping and hiking.  Sharing trail condition information.  Pot lunch lunches.  Pot luck Christmas dinners.  Fun outings clearing trails.   Keeping back country trails open for riding, pack stock, hikers, and cyclists. Holding discussions on Wilderness safety and survival and minimizing impacts on Wilderness (Leave No Trace ) Being a member of a worthwhile organization. Additional activities (including trail clearing projects) are planned every year.  To get information on upcoming activities and projects, contact Michele McGorky or Gerry Engel at .


The Gila Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico welcomes anyone in southwestern New Mexico who wants to support the continued use of saddle and pack stock on federal lands.  The larger our membership, the louder our voice in supporting legislation to keep our public lands “horse friendly”.  Membership dues are paid annually at the beginning of the year, and are $30 for an individual membership, and $40 for a family membership.To join the Gila Chapter, please download and print out a membership form and mail it in with your dues to Gila Chapter Back Country Horsemen of America, P.O. Box 533, Silver City, NM 88062.