What’s more fun than exploring Fort Churchill?

Visiting it at night.

Full moon hikes will be held at Fort Churchill State Historic Park Aug. 1 and 31. Those interested in the American West will find plenty to explore at the park: Fort Churchill was built in 1861 as a U.S. Army fort, and nearby Buckland Station, also a part of the park, was once a stop of the historic Pony Express horseback mail service. But for a different perspective, try the full moon hikes.

The Aug. 1 hike begins at 8:30 p.m. at the museum parking lot; the Aug. 31 hike begins at 7:30 p.m. at the museum parking lot. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, water, insect repellent, a jacket, binoculars and a flashlight. Fort Churchill is off of Alternate Highway 95, eight miles south of Silver Springs.

The hikes are free, but there is a park entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Details: 775 577-4880 or bucklandstation@hotmail.com. To see all of Fort Churchill’s August activities, click here.