Mile 1475: Fish Spring National Wildlife Refuge

Fish Springs, UT
Fish Springs, UT

“The area is named for the numerous small fish found in the abundant warm springs in the area. The presence of freshwater since prehistoric times means this area has been an important oasis in the Great Basic region for quite some time.

Not only was this a home station for Pony Express riders, but it is also a vital water stop for current day bikepackers traversing the route. Drinking water is available at the refuge office, on the east-facing side of the main building just inside the refuge gate.”

 
Fish Springs Station, UT (station marker)
Fish Springs Station, UT (station marker)

[N.B. This entry accompanies the Historical Trail picture for the Fish Springs station marker: “The end of October doesn’t just mean Halloween. On October 24, 1861 the Pony Express ceased operations with the completion of the transcontinental telegraph line. The Pony stopped operating just two days after the telegraph line reach Salt Lake City, linking east coast cities with west coast cities. Interestingly though, some people preferred the Pony Express to the telegraph due to difficulties with keeping the line operational. They claimed the telegraph was unreliable when breaks in the line occurred.” –posted on the Pony Express National Historic Trail Facebook page , 10/29/18]