Riding the Continental Divide Trail

You are invited to join the members of the San Juan Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen at a presentation on riding the Continental Divide Trail.

The program will be presented by Art Glenn, board member of the Continental Trail Alliance. The slideshow will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the Extension Building at the fairgrounds.

Glenn will present a slideshow on the construction, management and preservation of the non-motorized public backcountry trail along the full length of the Continental Divide, from Canada to Mexico. The trail, 3,100 miles long, follows the backbone of America and there are many great trips in which one can participate in those states the trail passes through.

Learn how to access the trail from Pagosa Springs and find out about trail conditions. You can learn more about the Continental Trail Alliance at its Web site: www.cdtrail.org.

If you have been thinking about joining the Backcountry Horsemen, the Feb. 16 presentation gives you the opportunity to find out what the organization is about and how to join the chapter. If you do not own a horse, but think you still might enjoy participating in activities, you are welcome to join.

Backcountry Horsemen offers monthly membership meetings, featuring topics concerning the horse, educational clinics with group rides and a barbecue afterwards, a weekly trail improvement program every Tuesday throughout the summer, and a mentorship program. We believe being together with our horses should be fun, and we incorporate a social component into everything we do. The mission of the Backcountry Horsemen is to perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s backcountry and wilderness; to work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use; to assist various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource; to educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the backcountry resource by horsemen and the general public, commensurate with our heritage; and to foster and encourage the formation of new state organizations and BCHA.

To learn more about the San Juan Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen, visit the Web site at sjcbch.org, or contact Beverly Compton at 731-3471 or bevkresz@centurytel.net.