Things To Do

Photo image of Chimney Rock.

The Wagner Perspective

There are a number of ways to enjoy the Pony Express National Historic Trail, including auto-touring, visiting interpretive sites, hiking, biking or horseback riding trail segments, and visiting museums. Depending on which trail segment you would like to explore, some or all of these activities may be available.

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 Travel and Tourism Information, the Trail Sites and Auto Tour Route driving directions pages for more information.


The National Park Service does not offer any camping facilities along the trail. Inquire locally (see Links and Resources page).

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

  • Oregon Trail Road: Mills, WY to WYO-220 just north of Independence Rock, 41.5 miles
  • South Pass Segment: Independence Rock to Parting of the Ways, 125 miles
  • Parting of the Ways: end of the South Pass segment
  • Fort Bridger to Muddy Creek: approximately 14 miles
  • BLM Backcountry Byway from Fairfield, UT to Ibapah, UT: 133 miles

Trail Museums

Trail Events

Last updated: May 9, 2019

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Pony Express National Historic Trail
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