Things To Do
The Wagner Perspective
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. See the Links and Resources, the Trail Sites and Auto Tour Route driving directions pages for more information.
Short Hikes (usually less than 300 yards to trail ruts or historic sites
Long Hikes (access to extensive trail segments)
4x4 and Horse Access (extensive trail segments)
Did You Know?
The Patee House Hotel in St. Joseph, MO, was considered a luxurious place for lodging, served as the general office for the Pony Express in 1860-1861, and lodged the pony riders who carried the U.S. mail when they were in town. More...