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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Planning a Trail Visit

Do you want to experience the trail? Learn more about where you can go, historic sites you can visit and more!

A map of the route of the trail, from Missouri, west to Sacramento, CA.

Where is this National Historic Trail?

Take a look at interactive, historic, and trip planning maps to learn more about locations along the trail.

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What is an National Historic Trail?

Many folks wonder what a national historic trail actually is. Hear from trail staff about how we define these important parts of history.

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Go Digital to Explore the Trail!

View trail photo galleries, connect on social media, explore deeper on mobile apps, watch videos, and check out other digital media!

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What's New

Check out current news, events, special projects, new research, and more!

Last updated: November 20, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Trails
Pony Express National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone:

(801) 741-1012

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