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“Drive through history on a rough road”

Pony Express National Historic Trail
Ranked #63 of 164 things to do in Salt Lake City
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Owner description: Commemorates America's first postal service, where letters and packages were carried by horse across the country.
Reviewed 16 February 2012

Hit up the Utah's West Desert. It's a rough ride but beautiful and something to appreciate what the Pony Express riders had to endure.

Thank bez71
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

It is out in the middle of no where, but it is a fun place to visit and take the kids

Thank Tami P
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Long, dusty road that follows the Pony Express trail. Interesting landmarks along the way. Also great views of the Great Basin and the West Desert.

1  Thank UtahShunpiker
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Reviewed 28 September 2009

My partner and I really enjoy the trail. It is a well maintained dirt road. We start our drive on it where it comes out before Vernon and drive it out to the Dugway Geode beds. Along the way there are historical markers as well as a camp that has a restored building and some interesting sites to investigate. There's lot's to do out in the desert in this particular area of the trail.

4  Thank hypnosisforwellness
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Reviewed 30 July 2009

The Pony Express Trail covers almost 2000 miles of the country starting in St Joseph Missouri, winding its way through Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and ending in Sacramento CA. While there are several places commemorating this one time express mail route what is unique about the trail through Utah is that a great length of it is still unpaved. You can easily imagine what those riders must have experienced out in the empty prairie and desert riding the horses as fast as they could go.

Yes the route did come through Salt Lake City where they collected mail and then went south roughly along the route now covered by State Street. But the best part of the route is further south and west. Out past Camp Floyd and the old stage coach inn, past the little towns of Vernon and Faust. The paved road ends at Simpson Springs where an old station existed and even going that far will bring you out to the west desert. But if you are prepared you can take the 129 mile dirt road to the Nevada border. Along the way you pass other express station locations that have long since weathered or disappeared. Fish Springs had a station, but now it is a wild life refuge. Callao has a station, but it is on private land. We've camped at an old CCC campground near there. Further on after passing around the Deep Creek Range you'll reach Ibapah and paved road again.

This was also the original path of stagecoaches and the first cross-country Lincoln Highway.

I love driving this route in the spring or fall when it isn't so hot. I love going out to Fish Springs and birding during migration. If you enjoy history, desert or solitude then consider the west desert section of the Pony Express Trail.

9  Thank Kbecjeans
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