Pony Express National Historic Trail

Planning Your Visit

National Historic Trails recognize diverse facets of history such as prominent past routes of exploration, migration, trade, communication and military action. The historic trails generally consist of remnant sites and trail segments, and thus are not necessarily contiguous. Although many of these trails are administered by federal agencies, land ownership may be in public or private hands. The Links & Resources page has a partial listing of these partner agencies and private land owners as well as contact information for visiting trail resources on these lands. Of the 11 National Historic Trails, nine are administered by the National Park Service, one by the USDA Forest Service and one by the Bureau of Land Management.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Local brochures and guides are generally available at each trail site. Auto Tour Route driving directions and maps, approximate the historic route of the Pony Express. 

Entrance and parking fees may be charged at some locations and hours vary at the discretion of the site administrator. Large groups are encouraged to make prior arrangements for tours, where available.

Please respect private property by staying in public areas, and help protect our national heritage by leaving trail resources undisturbed.

Trail Partners & Information Resources:
* National Pony Express Association
* Oregon & California Trails Association
* Utah Travel Council
* Nevada Tourism
* Wyoming Tourism
* Nebraska Tourism
* Kansas Tourism
* Misouri Division of Tourism
* California Tourism

Fees & Reservations

Entrance and parking fees may be charged at some locations and hours vary at the discretion of the site administrator. Large groups are encouraged to make prior arrangements for tours, where available. Please respect private property by staying in public areas, and help protect our national heritage by leaving trail resources undisturbed.

Directions

Those portions of the Pony Express National Historic Trail authorized by Congress include nearly 1,900 miles of historic trail that was once the primary "road" taken by young riders on swift horses to carry the U.S. Mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California--often in ten days or less with good weather. The route passes through eight states from Missouri to California.

Auto Tour Route driving directions and maps provide modern-day travelers with directions along highways that approximate the historic route taken by the Pony riders during the eighteen months that it operated from 1860-1861.

Check out the suggested stops in the Sights to See section for more information.

Contact Information

You may either call or write the Pony Express NHT administrative office for a free brochure and trail map, copies of the auto tour route interpretive guide series, or to make other inquiries about the trail. 

Address
National Park Service
324 S. State Street
Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone
(801) 741-1012