Back Country Horsemen America   FB                                Back Country Horsemen of Idaho   Video

Back Country Horsemen of BC                                            Back Country Horsemen Washington   Video

Back Country Horsemen Oregon    Video                          Back Country Horsemen Montana    Video

Back Country Horsemen Utah   Video                               Back Country Horsemen of Wyoming
Back Country Horsemen of Nevada                                   Back Country Horsemen of California   Video

 Idaho Chapter Locations   Boise Chapter    Heartland Chapter    Treasure Valley


Idaho Horse Council   Website     Facebook
Emmett Ranger District- Maps and information about all the trails in the Emmett Ranger District.
(Ignore the site map and use the Navigation on the bottom of the page)


The most comprehensive Idaho Emergency Phone number is 800-632-8000. Use it in back country emergencies as a 911 alternative.

Packing Tips- Lots of helpful information on packing and riding in the back country. 

Check out the Pack Saddle Info Guide and Pack Panniers Info Guide on this site as well.

Suggested Equipment List for horse packing trips from Idaho State University


Western Tack Resource Thinking about a new saddle? Go here before you buy.  

A complete resource for western saddles and accessories including information on used saddles, saddle types, saddle parts, saddle fit, saddle care, and saddle accessories.


Packing equipment: Outfitters Supply   Cabelas Outfitter  Chris Tornow    Vaquero Enterprises

Outfitters Pack Station     Spirit Horse Enterprises     Iron Cloth     Difanis Backcountry

Tack & Saddles   Buckaroo Leather    J. Stead Saddle Company

Personal Medical ID Form - A one page form for listing your personal emergency and medical information


Gem & Boise County 4H Facebook Page

Big Wood Backcountry Trails is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to improve dirt trail opportunities in, and around, Idaho's Wood River Valley

Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation 

The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation (SBFC) was originally formed as the Selway-Bitterroot Foundation in 2005.  In 2011, we expanded the geographic area that we work in to include the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.  We are a non-profit that serves as the primary partner of the Forest Service in stewarding the 1.3-million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the 2.3-million acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, and the surrounding wildlands. Why? Like many wilderness areas, the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness are victims of declining federal dollars. Smaller budgets often mean less work accomplished on the ground, fewer wilderness rangers and trail crews, and reduced stewardship of wilderness and trails in these areas.

Wilderness Society Idaho 

The Wilderness Society is the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s public lands, the 635 million acres collectively owned by the American people and managed by our government. From well-known icons to hidden gems, these lands provide us all with clean air and water; abundant wildlife; havens for recreation, learning, and solitude; and a foundation for a healthy planet.  They are also important sources of renewable energy and vital natural resources that must be managed wisely.

American Trails is a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. American Trails members want to create and protect America's network of interconnected trails.

We support local, regional, and long-distance trails and greenways, whether they be in backcountry, rural or urban areas. Our goal is to support America's trails by finding common ground and promoting cooperation among all trail interests. Since our formation in 1988 we've been involved in everything from training trails advocates to increasing accessible trail opportunities for persons with disabilities

Wilderness Tips,  Medical Training & Information

Wilderness Survival Guide: How To Stay Alive if Lost, Hurt or Stranded
Expert roundup - Survival tips and tools

Wilderness Nurses
, First Aid Preparedness (select tab on the right)  more info

Wilderness tips - Finding and Purifying water

Those planning to spend time in the great outdoors must ensure they are prepared. Whether in the boy or girl scouts or simply enjoying the wonders of camping, it is imperative that those spending time outdoors are prepared for any situation that may arise. Those spending time in the wilderness should have a survival kit, supplies, know how to find and purify water, be familiar with creating shelter from materials available, know how to build a fire from everyday objects, and should have a thorough understanding of how to apply first aid. In addition to these skills, campers should be well practiced at performing CPR.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)  National Outdoor Leadership - NOLS

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. 

BSA - Wilderness First Aid Website

Nursing Explorer

Squaw Butte Wilderness First Aid Course - Blog posting

Idaho Police & Sheriffs Departments


Northwest Youth Corps- Northwest Youth Corps is a job training, alternative/outdoor education, employment, and youth development organization that has served over 10,000 young people in a variety of programs since it was established in 1984.

Student Conservation Association- The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a nationwide conservation force of college and high school volunteers who protect and restore America’s parks, forests, and other public lands.

Idaho Trail Association  -  To facilitate the active enjoyment of Idaho’s public lands and hiking trails, the Idaho Trails Association brings together citizens and develops partnerships to foster: