In Western Nevada, the Fort Churchill State Historic Park is home to American historical sites, natural landscapes, and plenty of room to enjoy your next outdoor adventure. With almost 4,000 acres composed of two historic sites, recreational activity space, and stunning sights, the Fort Churchill State Historic Park has plenty to offer for everyone.
Once a United States Army fort and way station on the Pony Express, Fort Churchill dates back to the 1860s. The ruins of the former fort can be explored on designated trails. The park also features the renovated Buckland Station, which was also a way station for pioneers on the Overland Route. There are self-guided hiking trails with interpretive signs that explain each building.
Twice per year, the Nevada Civil War Volunteers set up a civil war encampment at the fort. There are also exhibits on the area’s history, Native American history, and natural features of the region at the visitor’s center. In addition to its historic features, Fort Churchill State Historic Park is an idyllic place for outdoor lovers of all kinds—from campers and hikers to bird watchers and more.
For those interested in camping overnight, the park features 20 campsites available for tents, trailers, and RVs. Sites are first-come, first-served, and do not have any hookups. The park also features picnic sites on the river bank, which come equipped with tables, grills, and restrooms. The Fort Churchill State Historic Park is open year-round. The cost of admission is $5.
If you bring your pet to Fort Churchill State Historic Park, keep them on a leash no longer than six feet long. Be respectful of posted rules and clean up after your pet. Bring your own waste bags and do not disturb other park guests or wildlife. If you are in Western Nevada and looking for a beautiful spot to camp—or you just want to see a bit of American history, bring your family or furry companion to Fort Churchill State Historic Park.