Formed in 1991, the Pecos Chapter is the original and oldest Back Country Horsemen chapter in New Mexico.
Each year, we pack equipment and supplies into local public lands on our horses, mules, and donkeys. The strength and sweat of our members goes to clearing deadfall and downed trees along trails. With our skills and know-how, we perform appropriate trail maintenance, including diverting water flow from snow melt and rains to control erosion. This work enables hikers, bikers, and equestrians alike to more easily and safely navigate the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
The Pecos Wilderness comprises the extreme
southern extent of the Rocky Mountains. Deep and
narrow canyons, long and broad mesa tops, heavily
forested slopes, and rugged ridges with peaks above
timberline characterize this breathtaking landscape.
The Manzano Mountains, named for the ancient
non-native Manzano apple trees discovered there, vary in elevation from about 6,000 feet to 10,098 feet. The steep and rugged terrain is cut with canyons and marked with rock outcroppings. Thousands of raptors migrate along the Manzanos in spring and fall, as they make their way between Canada and Mexico.
In addition to trail work, the Pecos Chapter activity supports other volunteer groups such as the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, and provides pack support by hauling in tools and camping supplies for outdoor and wilderness volunteers. We also help the U.S. Forest Service maintain historical landmarks, such as Beatty's Cabin in the Pecos Wilderness and the facilities at Panchuela, a retired 1930's ranger station.
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