Pony Express Trail

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National Historic Trail
CA,CO,KS,MO,NE,NV,UT,WY

Long Distance Communication

It is hard to believe that young men once rode horses to carry mail from Missouri to California in the unprecedented time of only 10 days. This relay system along the Pony Express National Historic Trail in eight states was the most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph.

Welcome to the Pony Express National Historic Trail! Follow in the footsteps of thousands of emigrants along this 2,000 mile route. Trip planning along the trail can be challenging given the vast number of land jurisdictions the trail passes through. We recommend contacting the nearest visitors and convention bureauto where you plan to visit for each day you are traveling along the trail or contact the individual sites or parks directly. Our Auto Tour Route guides provide detailed information to help you plan your visit.

Use these resources to plan your visit to the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Go to PLACES TO GO for an interactive map with trail sites and a list of sites by state. Go to the PUBLICATIONS page to view a variety of helpful guides to plan your visit. Go to the LINKS & RESOURCES page for tourism bureaus and partner information. Find out where you can get your PASSPORT book stamped.

 

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  • Trail Measurement: 2,200 Miles and 223 Miles in California
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