Pony Express Territory Photo Gallery

 
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Nevada's Pony Express Territory is a 17 million acre expanse of stark but beautiful desert landscape highlighted by Great Basin National Park and the charming Old West towns of Dayton, Fallon, Fernley, Austin, Eureka, and Ely that once marked stops on the Pony Express Trail. You can see it all cruising along the Nevada stretch of US Route 50—the Lonliest Road in America—which runs right through Pony Express Territory from east to west.  
Credit: Ron Reiring /Flickr 
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The centerpiece of Great Basin National Park is spectacular Wheeler Peak, which at 13,063 feet is the second-highest mountain in Nevada. Open from June to September, the 11-mile scenic drive leads you up the mountain through juniper and pinion pine–covered hills at 7,000 feet through stands of mahogany and spruce to the brilliant colors of aspen at the drive's 10,000 foot plateau.  
Credit: Frank Kovalchek/Flickr 
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Sagebrush and snowcapped mountain peaks are prominent features of the ruggedly beautiful landscape in Great Basin National Park.  
Credit: Bruce Rettig 
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A sign marks the path of the old Pony Express trail where it crosses Highway 93 north of Ely, Nevada.  
Credit: Mark Hillary/Flickr 
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A bristlecone pine in the scree beneath Wheeler Peak. Known to live as long as 4,900 years, ancient bristlecone pines are the longest-living trees on earth.  
Credit: Wikimedia 
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A closer view of the ancient, gnarled trunk of a bristlecone pine  
Credit: J. Brew/Flickr 
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Otherworldly limestone formations like these bulbous, radish-shaped stalactites are found throught Lehman Caves. Great Basin Natonal Park's most popular attraction, the caves were carved by rushing underground waters over millions of years.  
Credit: Wang-Chi Poon/Wikimedia 
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Sunset paints the sagebrush and clouds cap the Snake Mountains in Great Basin National Park.  
Credit: Dan Gooch 
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In the hills above Lexington Creek is Lexington, a natural bridge carved through limestone by millions of years of wind-and-rain driven erosion.  
Credit: Chris Wonderly 
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Built in 1880 and right in the heart of Eureka, Nevada's historic district, the Eureka Opera House is characteristic of the Old West architecture found throughout the towns in Pony Express territory.  
Credit: RileyOne/Flickr 
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Colorful signage in Austin, Nevada proves that in Pony Express Territory, it's not only the historic achitecture that exudes a distinctive Western charm.  
Credit: Alexei and Verne Stakhanov/Flickr 
 
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