Establish in 1978 for the purpose of identifying, reestablishing and marking the original pony express trail.

Today the spirit and memory of the Pony Express is kept alive by the National Pony Express Association, an all-volunteer, non-profit historical organization for the purpose of identifying, reestablishing and marking the original pony express trail through the eight states it served: California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.The Association is active throughout the year and is the chief supporter for the preservation of the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Incorporated in 1978, the National Headquarters are located in Pollock Pines, California.

The National Pony Express Association conducts an Annual Re-Ride over the 1,966 mile route of the Pony Express National Historic Trail from Missouri through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada to California. This Re-Ride is a 10-day, 24-hour a day, non-stop event by over 600 riders and horses.

Contributions of the Pony Express to the development of communications in the West are commemorated by the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Legislation authorizing the addition of the Trail to the National Trails System was signed by President George W. Bush on August 3, 1992. The Trail is administered by the Department of Interior, National Park Service. The P.E.N.H.T. is a route rather than a continuous trail. It can be followed by horse, foot or automobile for most of its length. Large expanses of the territory through which it traverses are still very scenic and many museums and historical sites offer interpretation and preservation.

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