Welcome to Heartland Back Country Horsemen


Heartland Back Country Horsemen is a chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Idaho, which is a non-profit organization with 16 chapters spread throughout our beautiful state.

We have been a small Chapter of Back Country Horsemen in the Heartland of Idaho since 1987. We are located in a beautiful, mountainous area of the State and are surrounded by National Forest with many miles of trail available for riding.

We have a mixed age membership, though many are in their retirement life chapter. Some founding members are still active in the Club. Heartland Chapter includes members from Donnelly, McCall, New Meadows, Fruitvale, Council, Indian Valley, and Cambridge. We cover a large area with our small numbers.

Over the years, the Heartland Chapter has been significant in making a difference. We have worked closely with the Payette National Forest in completing various projects such as trail bridges, bog corduroy crossings, trail head developments, a watershed project, trail signing and general trail maintenance. We may have been small in numbers, but we have been big on perseverance over the years.

One project we are particularly proud of is reestablishing historic trails on the Council Ranger District. The project was a series of trails over Council Mountain that would be accessible to trail users from Council, Idaho on the west to Donnelley, Idaho on the east. Our project was granted approval and active and retired Forest Service personnel were very helpful.

Our Mission

To perpetuate the common-sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness,

To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use,

To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource,

To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise and sustaining use of the back country resources by horsemen and the general public.