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The Pony Express Trail


More than 1,800 miles in 10 days! From St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California the Pony Express could deliver a letter more quickly than ever before.

In operation for only 18 months between April 1860 and October 1861, the Pony Express nevertheless has become synonymous with the Old West. In the era before electronic communication, the Pony Express was the thread that tied East to West.


There are a number of ways to enjoy the Pony Express National Historic Trail, including auto-touring, visiting interpretive sites, hiking, biking or horseback riding trail segments, and visiting museums. Depending on which trail segment you would like to explore, some or all of these activities may be available. Although the word "trail" is used in the name, the Pony Express NHT is not a true hiking trail. With 1,800 miles of the original route now in the hands of various private and public entities, access to trail segments depends upon the permission of the land owner. Some segments are open to the public for hiking and other means of recreation, while others are not. Following is a list of recommended activities for the Pony Express NHT. Inquiries about segments not listed are best made locally.

Find many Links and Resources, information about the Trail Sites, and Auto Tour Route driving directions on the official NPS park website. Pony Express Trail - National Historic Trail (NPS website)

Recommended places to visit alon the Pony Express Trail

  • Pony Express Stable - St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Patee House - St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Marysville Pony Express Barn - Marysville, Kansas
  • Hollenberg Station - Hanover, Kansas
  • Rock Creek Station - Fairbury, Nebraska
  • Fort Caspar - Casper, Wyoming
  • Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn - Fairfield, Utah
  • Simpson Springs - Tooele County, Utah
  • Fort Churchill - Silver Springs, Nevada
  • B.F. Hastings Building - Old Sacramento, California




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Last modified: 20100419
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