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Established in 1860, the fort was built to provide protection for early-day settlers, but was abandoned nine years later. Its ruins have been preserved in a state of decay. There is no shade along the trail that goes around the old fort and ruins, so the best time to hike during summer is in morning or late afternoon. The trail along the Carson River is usually cooler. No trip to the park is complete without the hike downstream to Buckland Station, the old Pony Express station and stage stop. Equestrian facilities are located northeast of the fort in the Carson River Ranches, purchased in 1995 by Nevada State Parks. The campground includes ...

Established in 1860, the fort was built to provide protection for early-day settlers, but was abandoned nine years later. Its ruins have been preserved in a state of decay. There is no shade along the trail that goes around the old fort and ruins, so the best time to hike during summer is in morning or late afternoon. The trail along the Carson River is usually cooler. No trip to the park is complete without the hike downstream to Buckland Station, the old Pony Express station and stage stop. Equestrian facilities are located northeast of the fort in the Carson River Ranches, purchased in 1995 by Nevada State Parks. The campground includes 20 campsites — be sure to carry a water bottle and wear a hat. Fort Churchill is about 60 miles southeast of Reno and near the community of Silver Springs.

Connie Emerson
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Connie Emerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Cheapskate's Guide to Branson, Missouri and Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide – Las Vegas.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring and early to mid summer