Fort Churchill State Historic Park 4.7 (reviews)

Silver Springs, NV National Parks Unclaimed
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About Fort Churchill State Historic Park

Want to immerse yourself in rich history as well as enjoy an outdoor adventure in the beautiful Nevada sun? Let's head to Fort Churchill State Historic Park then! Fort Churchill is an integral part of the history of Nevada as well as the American West. It helped shaped the area we know today! Built in 1861, it was originally created to provide protection for early settlers who chose to live on these lands, as well as guard the Pony Express mail runs.  

It was abandoned nine years later, and today the ruins are preserved in a state of arrested decay. You can however, sense the hustle and bustle of what it would have been like back in it's heyday!

A visitor center is the best place to start your day at Fort Churchill State Historic Park. The center is filled with displays information and artifacts of the fort's history, giving kids a great opportunity to learn about what they will be seeing. 

There are designated trails that you can head down to study the ruins.

Make sure you stop to visit the renovated Buckland Station too, which was an important way station in the 1880s for those pioneer travelers heading across the country on the Overland Route.

Spread out across 3,200 acres along the Carson River, the park is great for those outdoor enthusiasts. It's ideal for camping, getting out and hiking the trails, bird watching, and even canoeing along the river.

Equestrians, you're welcome too!

An outdoor adventure teeming with rich history in this iconic Nevada state park!

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Adults $5.00 entry per vehicle

Children Same as adult

Last Update 2023

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Fort Churchill State Historic Park FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Fort Churchill State Historic Park?

Take a picnic! Tree-shaded picnic sites can be found on the banks of the Carson River and offer tables, grills and rest room

Does Fort Churchill State Historic Park have a gift shop?

Books, T-shirts and ball caps are on sale at the Visitor Center so make sure you bring that pocket money!

Any additonal information?

The campground has 20 sites suitable for travel trailers, motorhomes or tents. Campsites include a table and fire ring, and all are shaded by large cottonwood trees. Sites cannot be reserved and there are no hook-ups, but an RV dump station is nearby. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.