Outlaw Trail


Outlaws devised a method for robbery and rustler in which they could use certain trails to pick up fresh horses. Most consider this the "Pony Express" method. The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy, and Sundance Kid were all well known individuals who used trails like the Outlaw Trail in Cheyenne, Wyoming to get away from the law. The route of the Outlaw Trail ran from Montana to Mexico with a number of stopping points along the way. Today it is possible to visit parts of these trails when in Wyoming. Thermopolis, Wyoming has an Outlaw Trail Ride which takes visitors to a number of the ranches used as stopping points in a 7 day/ 6 night circular tour.

Much of the trail land is part of private property and suitable only for off road vehicles or horses. Cheyenne's particular stop on the map started in the 1860s along with the town being settled. It was first used as a Union Pacific Camp, and since not too many places existed in the area it was easy for the outlaws to run. Just like in the past it is still possible on some parts of the trail to find fresh horses as part of the tour, as well as supplies for camping.

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