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Pony Express National Historic Trail, Utah

The Pony Express National Historic Trail goes through BLM-managed lands in California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. The Pony Express National Historic Trail is the route where young men on horseback once carried the nation’s mail across the country between 1860 and 1861. The horse-and-rider system became the United States’ most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph, delivering mail in the unprecedented time of ten days. Today, one can auto tour the route visiting interpretive sites and museums, or take a hike, bike, or horseback ride on various trail segments.


Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.



National Historic Trails are extended trails that closely follow a historic trail or route of travel that is of national significance. The BLM identifies and protects the historic routes, remnants, and artifacts for public use and enjoyment.


National Scenic Trails are continuous, extended trails that pass through areas with significant scenic, historic, natural, or cultural significance. They are managed by the BLM for outdoor recreation, conservation, and public enjoyment.


National Recreation Trails are located within parks, forests and other recreation areas and are reasonably accessible to urban or high-use areas. These trails are designated by the Secretary of the Interior or other delegated official.


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Taken on October 4, 2016