The Backcountry Horsemen are a group of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts and trail riders whose mission is to promote the use, care and development of California backcountry trails, and to keep public lands open to horsemen. Their annual Rendezvous is a celebration of Western and horse packing culture, featuring art shows and entertainment, vendors, wine and beer tasting, as well as several clinics on horse and mule packing best practices.
Several competitions are planned for the weekend: Western art show; Dutch Oven cook-off; a variety of packing competitions and a trail challenge. Click here if you are a rider and would like specifics on the trail challenges and how to enter.
Now in its second year at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, the Rendezvous is a fun and educational event for anyone interested in the outdoors and horsemanship. Bring the kids and enjoy a family day of learning about more about this interesting group and their horses. Friday night’s dinner concert will feature Belinda Gail whose music evokes the character of a life connected to the land.
Backcountry Horsemen of California Rendezvous
Calaveras County Fairgrounds
Entrance to the event and parking are free. There will be food vendors on site for breakfast and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with catered dinners Friday and Saturday. Purchase dinner tickets at the Rendezvous webpage. Friday dinner and concert are $50; Saturday dinner and auction is $25.
Dry camping is available at the Fairgrounds at $20 for one night, $30 for two, $40 for three or more nights. You can register for camping, dinners and the event competitions here.
Horse stalls may be rented for a flat fee of $30 per stall for up to four nights, please use the registration page if interested.
Check out our listings of lodging in Angels Camp for nearby hotel options.