The quiet nature of the small community of Silver Springs, situated east of Lake Lahontan and bordered by the Virginia-Ramsey mountain range and the Carson River, belies its active history. The valley has hosted scores of passers-through, including American Indians, gold rush pioneers, explorers, missionaries and more, before welcoming visitors who finally came to stay. Famous names and landmarks in the area include the Humboldt and Fremont trails, William’s Station, Major Ormsby and the Buckland Station, all of which are recorded in history books. Visitors to the valley and the welcoming Silver Springs community today will find many references and remnants of this colorful heritage, as well as bountiful outdoor recreation. The town is the perfect launching point for adventures of both historical and recreational natures. If you happen to be in the area in mid-May, head out to the annual Lyon County Fly-In, an air show featuring antique aircraft and modern military and fire-fighting planes, as well as displays from the Reno British Car Club, Gunfighters of Nevada, High Sierra RC Club, hang gliders, hot air balloons and lots more.
Eight miles south of Silver Springs stand the ruins of Fort Churchill State Historic Park, the U.S. Army fort originally erected in 1860 as a form of protection for early settlers. A visitor center offers information and artifacts from the fort’s past. Visitors will also find trails around the fort, a campground and picnic area, and access to the Carson River. Also nearby is Buckland Station, which served as a Pony Express station, stage stop and hotel. The station was constructed in 1870 from materials from the then-abandoned Fort Churchill. Visitors today will find a small museum in the station.
The popular Lahontan State Recreation Area, with its 69 miles of shoreline, is just east of Silver Springs. The reservoir sees numerous water lovers annually, who are drawn to lake activities including fishing, boating, waterskiing, camping, picnicking and more.