New Mexico is truly the "Land of Enchantment!" Southwestern New Mexico has a variety of unique and breathtaking back country areas. Being part of a group that is interested in discovering and preserving trail riding and equestrian opportunities in the back country is such a privilege. In 2001, the efforts of Gerry Thompson led to forming the Gila Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of America, dedicated to keeping the back country open to horses and livestock. Thank you, Gerry!
Trails in our area can lead you through extreme mountains with breathtaking vistas, into deep canyons with gurgling streams, and through refreshing forests. They can also lead you across open grasslands, mountains, and hills covered with piñon and juniper trees and through sandy dry stream bottoms. What an opportunity it is to experience our wilderness and back country areas on these trails! The BCH mission is to ensure continued reasonable use of pack and saddle stock on public lands. To promote this effort, Gila Chapter BCH volunteers work with the Forest Service to build and maintain trails, develop and maintain horse facilities, and participate in other activities that support equine use. Everyone who loves the Gila National Forest benefits from this work.
New members are always welcome. At our monthly meetings, we often talk about which trails are clear and which ones need work. We also have interesting educational speakers and group discussions. Your name as a member adds to our strength, even if you don’t have time to participate right now. You are encouraged to come, add your experience to ours, benefit from our knowledgeable trail riders, and find compatible trail buddies. Our meetings are generally on the second Wednesday of every month starting at 6 p.m. at Watts Hall in Silver City, NM. However, we do occasionally change times, dates, and location, so it's a good idea to call or email to verify.