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. Read More

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Pony Express Trail Recreation

There are a number of ways to enjoy the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Learn about activities here.

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Follow the Trails

Visit the trails using our Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides that provide directions where visitors will find trail remnants.

Male rider on brown horse trotting down a paved road lined with shrubs and grasses.

The Annual Pony Express Re-Ride

Every year members of the National Pony Express Association re-ride the Pony Express Trail. Discover how you can experience this event.

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Interactive Trip Planner

Find museums, interpretive centers, and historic sites using this interactive map.

Last updated: September 13, 2019

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Mailing Address:

National Trails
Pony Express National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(801) 741-1012

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