Welcome to Back Country Horsemen of Central Arizona

 The BCHCAZ is a  not-for-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to: keeping trails open for all users; educating horse users in Leave-No-Trace practices; and providing volunteer service to resource agencies.



Ongoing or annual projects include:

  • Board Meeting first Monday of each month
  • Annual Meeting, Elections, Lunch – Feb. 21st
  • Packing Clinic in March – TBD upon level of interest
  • Groom Creek Horse Camp Clean-up- April 16th
  • GPS Class – TBD upon level of interest
  • Almosta Trail Ride – date TBD
  • Little Thumb Butte Ride and Lunch – April 30th
  • Bumble Bee Annual Fund Raiser – Nov 4th thru Nov 6th
  • Gate Installation, retrofit and signs
  • BCHCAZ serves breakfast to the Cowboy Poets Gathering every August

Contact Us

Back Country Horsemen of Central Arizona
PO Box 4486
Chino Valley, AZ 86323



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Attention BCHCAZ members! We have been contacted by the Prescott Rodeo organizers about volunteering some bar tending time. If you are interested in helping out contact BCHCAZ@GMAIL.COM. We will be bar tending Tuesday June 28th 7 pm - 10 pm. Tell your friends too! ... See MoreSee Less

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Mark your calendars BCHCAZ members! Due to the interest we have received we are scheduling our two day packing/camping clinic for June 11th and 12th. Gayle Gardener has generously offered us the use of her property in Prescott for the clinic. We'll start at 9:00 each morning and be done by 4:00

As a reminder, the clinic will cover:

Learning how to pack materials on to an animal safely and correctly
Learning about Leave No Trace camping techniques
Learning a few specific and necessary knots
Bringing your horse/mule to practice on - Yes, there will be a test!

Learning to pack an animal and knowing how to get your horse/mule to be packed is fun and would enhance your camping experience! Learn from people who have experience and can show you the 'ropes'.

Please let us know if you have any interest in this. Cost would be minimal if you are a BCHCAZ member and if not, a membership fee of $40 to become a member would get you in.

Second day would include a dutch oven cooking lesson and lunch!

Please respond back to bchcaz@bchcaz.org with your intent to participate or with any questions.
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Bonnie & Lynn Ride into Record Books.... Wow! 923 Miles!!!! Congratulations! Last month, Bonnie Slaten and Lynn Maring made history by completing the Arizona Trail on horseback! Together they rode a total of 923 miles, covering many extra miles to access pieces of the trail over the five years that it took to complete their journey. At 75 years old, Bonnie is the oldest woman to complete the trail on horseback. Lynn is the only person to have ridden the entire Arizona Trail twice, she finished for the first time in September 2011. Fewer than a dozen equestrians have ever covered the entire length of the Arizona Trail. Bonnie and Lynn completed the toughest part, the Mazatzal Wilderness, in mid-April and had their completion celebration on April 30 in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson. Twelve equestrians and myriad other friends joined them on their very last piece – the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Bypass from Green Mountain Trailhead to Gordon Hirabayashi Trailhead. A Grand Canyon-sized congratulations to these amazing ladies! Look for a story about them in the summer edition of the Arizona Trail News.

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