Spanning over 2,800 miles, the Butterfield Stage connected Ft. Smith, Arkansas with San Francisco, California. Starting in 1858 the Overland Mail Company used the rout carrying travelers headed west and delivered mail along the way. A one way ticket cost $200 and took 22 days to complete. By 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad made the Butterfield Route obsolete. A small section of this rout can be driven by 4×4 vehicle within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Access is gained by checking out a gate key at the headquarters visitor center. The 4×4 trail ends at Williams Ranch while providing a full view of El Capitan and the western side of the Guadalupe Mountains.