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Description - The Pony Express National Historic Trail follows the approximate path of the first over ground, government subsidized mail route. This service, although it lasted only 18 months, proved that mail service was possible through the Great American Desert.

Attractions - This National Historic Trail provides access to the 1,966-mile route that changed opinions, nation wide, on over ground communications. Although the Pony Express last for only 18 months between 1860 and 1861, but is well known by individuals over 100 years later. This byway follows the approximate route of riders through the Midwest to California.

Recreation - Along the 1,966-mile route of the Pony Express National Historic Trail visitors will find opportunities for viewing historic sites and signs, camping and scenic driving.

Climate - The climate varies dramatically along this 1,966-mile route. Travelers should check with the State Police, National Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management of their particular region for current conditions.

Location - The Pony Express National Historic Trail leads from St. Joseph, Missouri, to San Francisco, California.

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Contact Information:
Pony Express National Historic Trail, c/o Long Dist. Trails Office-SLC, P.O. Box 45155 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84145-0155, Phone: 801-539-4094

Additional Information:
Great Salt Lake Country - This region of Utah is best known for the excellent skiing terrain in the Wasatch Mountains east of Salt Lake City.
Utah's Historic Sites -

Pony Express National Historic Trail - Official agency website


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