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.


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Utah National Historic Trails Guide - Mobile Tour

Explore three national historic trails with this free tour!

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Pony Express NHT road sign plan

Tell-Tale Signs

The land has a story to tell. Swales and creek crossings, dips and ruts chronicle life on the trail. Follow the stories by following these road signs.

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Four Trails Feasibility Study Map

Learn About New Potential Trail Segments

Congress has directed the NPS to evaluate whether some 64 new trail routes should be added. Learn more about the feasibility study that is underway.

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Follow the Trails

See the trail using our Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides that provide directions where visitors will find trail remnants and interpretive media.

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Partners Help Accomplish Our Mission

The National Park Service National Trails Intermountain Region office depends heavily on its partner organizations to meet its mission goals.

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