Pony Express Trail

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Pony Express Trail

Utah

(801) 977-4300

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Overview

Relive a dramatic part of the West's history as you travel the same trail that Pony Express Riders covered over 100 years ago. You can stop at stations and modern interpretive sites along the Backcountry Byway were exhausted riders once rested before they raced on to complete their 1,800-mile run. You can extend your visit to the past with a night's stay at the campground and reconstructed station at Simpson Springs. The Pony Express Trail is a designated National Historic Trail. The GPS point is located at the western terminus of the trail is located at Ibapah, Utah, 60 miles south of Wendover, Nevada.

Map of Pony Express Trail

Latitude, Longitude: 40.099719, -113.903991

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is a popular activity along the trail. The road becomes dirt after HWY 36. This area is level, however the trail becomes steep over Lookout Pass.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Pony Express Trail is marked with the monuments or ruins of 14 Pony Express Station sites. This byway crosses desert valleys, climbs remote mountain passes and serves as the main street of small, isolated communities. A popular stop is Fish Springs, the most remote wildlife refuge in the continental U.S.

    The first five miles and the last two miles of this "trail" are asphalt. In between lie 126 miles of maintained gravel and dirt road. The route is open throughout the year, however, the best and safest seasons are spring and fall. There are no vehicle restrictions, but four-wheel drive vehicles with chains, tow rope or winch are recommended after heavy rain or snow.

  • Camping

    The Simpson Springs Campground, 44.5 miles west of Fairfield, is the only developed campground along the trail. There is a per-vehicle, per-night fee. Dispersed, primitive camping is permitted on BLM lands along the trail. Contact BLM for details. There is no charge for picnicking or for day use at the campground. There are motels along Interstate 15, within 20 miles of Fairfield. There are no motels at the western terminus (Ibapah). The closest motels to that terminus are in Wendover, Nevada, 60 miles north.

  • Climbing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hiking

    There are no established hiking trails.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The first five miles and the last two miles of this "trail" are asphalt. In between lie 126 miles of maintained gravel and dirt road. The route is open throughout the year, however, the best and safest seasons are spring and fall. There are no vehicle restrictions, but four-wheel drive vehicles with chains, tow rope or winch are recommended after heavy rain or snow.

Seasonality/Weather

The trail is open year round. Extreme summer and winter weather is possible, with summer temperatures in excess of 100°F. Dry lightning storms are common during the summer in the western desert. Winter weather is often extremely cold, with snow and ice common. Spring and fall are typically more moderate. Visitors should plan ahead and be prepared. Road conditions vary with the weather, and the road surface may be muddy and unstable in wet weather.

Directions

Driving

To follow the Pony Express Trail, head west from the town of Fairfield (located west of Utah Lake) through Faust, over Lookout Summit, to past Simpson Springs and Fish Springs. The road then travels through the Snake Valley to Callao and northwest to Ibapah. There are no services along this 133-mile byway. Allow five to six hours travel time with interpretive stops.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(801) 977-4300

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