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Pony Express National Historic Trail (cowboy silhouette). Photo: Bob Wick

PONY EXPRESS NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL

This spring we celebrate the addition of the Pony Express Trail into the National Historic Trails System on March 28, 1983! The BLM manages 596 miles of the Pony Express Trail which was established as a National Historic Trail in 1992.

The trail only lasted 18 months as an information highway, ceasing to exist only two days after telegraph wires connected California to the rest of the United States in October of 1861. 

Visit the Pony Express National historic trail on your public lands in Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, or learn more about it here: http://on.doi.gov/1lqqQOl.


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The SLFO is located in the northwest corner of Utah. Much of this area is part of the Great Basin region, a place of isolated mountain ranges separated by wide sweeping sagebrush flats. 

This area is also a land of illusions, floating islands and vanishing water mirages. Almost touching the Utah-Nevada borders are the Bonneville Salt Flats, a unique plain of almost- pure, white salt. This geological oddity is one of the only places in the United States where one can see the curvature of the earth over dry land. Just south of the Salt Flats lies the Pony Express Trail where horse riders risked their lives delivering the mail in 1860 and 1861.  [more]

Salt Lake Field Office
2370 S. Decker Lake Blvd
West Valley City, UT 84119
(801) 977-4300
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