Description - Fort Churchill was once a U.S. Army fort built in 1861 to provide protection for early settlers. It was abandoned ten years later and today the ruins are preserved in a state of arrested decay. A visitor center displays information and artifacts of the fort's history. The Pony Express and the Overland Telegraph once passed through this area. Nearby is Buckland Station, a Pony Express stop, supply center and former hotel built in 1870.
The Nevada State Parks System acquired 3,200 acres along the Carson River in 1994. The properties known as the Carson River Ranches connect Fort Churchill State Historic Park with Lahontan State Recreation Area.
- Fort Churchill State Historic Park offers visitors to the area a site steeped in Nevada's early pioneering history. The park also includes trails, a campground, picnic area, group use area and access to the Carson River.
The Visitor Center offers exhibits telling the colorful history of Fort Churchill. All park visitors should make this their first stop upon entering the park to better appreciate the ruins. Postcards and books are on sale at the Visitor Center. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby.
Campground: The campground has 20 sites suitable for travel trailers, motor homes or tents. Campsites include a table and fire ring, and all are shaded by large cottonwood trees. Sites cannot be reserved. There are no hookups, but an RV dump station is nearby.
Picnic Areas: Tree-shaded picnic sites on the banks of the Carson River offer tables, grills and
Group Area: The group area will accommodate up to 60 persons for group camping or picnicking
on a reservation-only basis. No electricity is available. No RVs, please. For reservations, contact
the park office.
Recreation - Activities available in Fort Churchill State Historic Park and the Carson River Ranches area include, camping, group camping, picnicking, group picnicking, fishing, hiking, bird-watching, hunting, touring Fort Churchill historic site and nature study.
Climate - Summers at the fort are hot, with daytime highs in the mid 90's and nighttime lows of of 55-60F in July. Winters are cold with occasional snow.
Fort Churchill is located along the Carson River, eight miles south of Silver Springs on US 95A. The park is situated 40 miles east of Carson City, and 36 miles west of Fallon.
Caution: Visitors are advised to enter the park from US 95A, on a short, paved access road. While Fort Churchill Road along the Carson River from US 50 is scenic, it is 16 miles and unpaved.