Pony Express Parkway Trail


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Pony Express Parkway Trail Facts

States: Utah
Counties: Utah
Length: 9 miles
Trail end points: Pony Express Pkwy & Eagle Mountain Boulevard and Pony Express Pkwy & SR 68
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 11328592


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Pony Express Parkway Trail Description

Running the length of its namesake parkway, this paved trail extends from the planned community of Eagle Mountain into Saratoga Springs in Utah County. Eagle Mountain, though relatively recently founded, lies in the path of the original Pony Express Trail, a fact the city commemorates in multiple ways, including this trail and an annual celebration.  It's a moderate trail with mild changes in elevation but still enjoyable to run, bike, push a stroller or walk a dog. It's also great way for residents of the rapidly growing subdivisions to get out and explore their natural environment, as well as reach parks or run errands without the need for driving.

One place that invites trail users to stop is the Eagle Mountain Trailhead which provides a vantage point of the Cedar Valley and the mountains beyond it. Interpretive signage narrates the story of the Pony Express Trail, illustrates the area's physical geography and highlights local Native American culture.

Parking and Trail Access

There are plenty of parking options along the trail as there are parks and businesses easily accessible from the trail. The Eagle Mountain Trailhead is located off Pony Express Parkway, just south of the LDS church (whose address is 2011 East Oquirrh Ranch Parkway, Eagle Mountain, UT).

Pony Express Parkway Trail Reviews

Interesting history

The trail is paved and it has gradual uphill and downhill sections. Not too much other traffic on the trail. Lots of street crossings make it hard to keep up momentum at times. Some cars saw me and stopped, but a couple did not see me so make sure to watch out for traffic turning into driveways. Not much for views on the trail. It follows alongside a busy road (the pony express highway). It’s a nice area to bike and I did some biking around the houses in the area. Nice to explore. There is a city park near the trail that has bathrooms and it’s overall very nice with a playground and pickle ball courts .

Glorified Sidewalk

What they consider a bike path is a glorified sidewalk. There are no lane markings, no signage, and almost all the road crossings are poor visibility for the cars, and few or none are marked such that cars know there are supposed to be bikes crossing.

Not to mention that for most of this route there is a painted bike lane paralleling this 'bike route' on the road.

This should tell you all you need to know: most of the way riding on the road is safer than riding on this bike path.

Interesting Ride

I did this ride in October and found it interesting. The bike path parallels the road and has a gradual uphill then downhill after the pass. There was interesting information about the Pony Express at the pass and a beautiful view. I had never been to Eagle Mountain before. Doing this ride again next week.

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