Pony Express Trail Back Country Byway

Lehi, Utah

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A 133-mile Type I and II dirt route that follows the historic Pony Express Trail across desert mountains and basins in western Utah. The Pony Express Trail Back Country Byway follows the old Pony Express route along a mostly gravel and dirt road that wends across desolate stretches of western Utah between Fairfield and Ibapah by the Nevada border. The 133-mile drive bumps over dry mountain ranges, traverses broad basins floored with scattered saltbrush and dusty playas, and crosses a remote landscape rich in the lore and lure of the Pony Express, a fabled chapter of American history. This long backcountry drive offers a living glimpse of a legendary slice of historic Americana. Out here, under the dazzling sun and in the constant wind, stretches a landscape little changed since those busy eighteen months in 1860 and 1861 when young riders thundered across the open countryside between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, toting saddlebags filled with mail. Scattered along the road at regular intervals of 8 to 12 miles are the remains of Pony Express stations.
Scenic Driving Back Country Byways

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Scenic Driving Back Country Byways

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)

A 133-mile Type I and II dirt route that follows the historic Pony Express Trail across desert mountains and basins in western Utah. The Pony Express Trail Back Country Byway follows the old Pony Express route along a mostly gravel and dirt road that wends across desolate stretches of western Utah between Fairfield and Ibapah by the Nevada border. The 133-mile drive bumps over dry mountain ranges, traverses broad basins floored with scattered saltbrush and dusty playas, and crosses a remote landscape rich in the lore and lure of the Pony Express, a fabled chapter of American history.

This long backcountry drive offers a living glimpse of a legendary slice of historic Americana. Out here, under the dazzling sun and in the constant wind, stretches a landscape little changed since those busy eighteen months in 1860 and 1861 when young riders thundered across the open countryside between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, toting saddlebags filled with mail. Scattered along the road at regular intervals of 8 to 12 miles are the remains of Pony Express stations.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Lehi
Distance: 133
Season: Year-round; best in spring and fall
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Driving Directions: Directions to Pony Express Trail Back Country Byway

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