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Fall arrives with a distinct scent in the air.  The landscape gives away to an ambient transition from green to yellow and orange.  It's a treasured time of year for all outdoor enthusiasts - a sense of wrapping up our adventures before nature settles into her winter slumber.  We saddle up our horses, load the saddle bags, and tie down our rain gear in anticipation of the ride ahead.  If you are not a hunter it could be easy to forget that with these fall changes, also comes hunting season.  The deeper we ride into the backcountry the more likely we are to happen upon hunters out there tracking game.   During this time of year safety is more important than ever. 

We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual Poker Ride!!

This year's ride will be hosted at the Buckhorn Valley BLM access on Buckhorn Valley Boulevard in Gypsum, CO. 

You can come out with your horse and participate in the trail ride or just come for lunch and socializing.

Rider registration begins at 9 am

Trail Ride begins at 10 AM

Lunch is served at 12 PM

Collect cards along a leisurely hour long ride and submit your best hand for a chance to win some prizes!  Only ride participants can participate in the poker hand.  Any one can enter for the chance to win the 50/50 cash pool.  Enjoy music, camraderie, and a picnic style lunch (provided by MTBCH).  

Things to bring:

Comfortable camp chair

Plenty of water (and anything else you want to drink. Adult beverages are welcome - please drink responsibly).

Lawn games (if you got 'em!)

Things NOT to bring:

Stallions, dogs, or drones

 

Funds from this years Poker Ride are going towards the Hardscrabble Open Space project.  MTBCH has been in collaboration with the Eagle County Open Space in regard to equestrian trail access.  The support from all of you will allow us to create signage and adequate trailer parking.  This is an exciting project for us and we are looking forward to giving back to our horse community with this endeavor.  

This years ride would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.  We would like to give a special thank you to Buckhorn Valley and Green Valley Homes for hosting our ride and donating to our cause.

 

 

 

 

 Mountain Trekkers BCH has decided to participate in the Adopt - A - Trail program run by the Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance in partnership with the USFS.  We have adopted McKenzie Gulch trail which is located on FS 400 (West Brush Creek Rd) amist Sylvan Lake State Park in Eagle.  

We had our first work day on Friday May 31, 2019.  After a long winter and wet spring we made our way through 75% of the trail.  We cleared brush and built a water drainage.  Our next work day will consist of another water drainage and bucking a couple of fallen trees.

 

 

 

As spring settles, it's time to reflect on our first year.  Mountain Trekkers has become a success due to your help and willingness to take a chance on a new chapter.  In 2018 our members:

- Hosted 3 social events

- Staged the first annual Poker Ride fundraiser

- Collaborated with the US Forest Service and Colorado Parks & Wildlife

- Attended the USFS Sawyer Certification Course

- Successfully advocated for an equestrian & hiking trail in the new Eagle County Open Space

- Successfully increased the equestrian presence in the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreational Plan (SCORP)

- And so much more! (Details in our "News' section)

Trails we worked on include:

- Sundell

- Squaw Creek

- Muckey Lake

- Stag Gulch

- East Lake Creek

The most hours went into the Sundell trail, which required multiple work days, and will be completed in the 2019 season.  

BCH Colorado 2018 report showed 350 members, and 11,045 volunteer hours. Mountain Trekkers contributed 29 memberships and 410 volunteer hours.  The total impact Back Country Horsemen of America had in 2018 was valued at $12 billion! Each and every one of you contributed to this! 

Thanks to your generosity with your memberships and fundraiser attendance, Mountain Trekkers was able to purchase tools to be more effective, and purchase materials to help spread the word.  In addition to increasing our community presence and continuing our work on local trails, we have a number of fun events planned - such as:

- Equine Backcountry First Aid Clinic

- Spring Fling BBQ and Ride

- Taco Ride

- Chapter Overnight Camp Out

- Statewide BCH Camp Out

- Orienteering Clinic

It is the Boards sincerest hope that you see value in our chapter and continue to support us. We cannot continue to grow our success without you.  

 

Mountain Trekkers

PO Box 493
Eagle, CO
81631

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