Fort Churchill, a U.S. Army fort built in 1861, provided protection for early settlers. The fort was deserted nine years later, and ruins are all that remain today. A visitor center displays information and artifacts of the fort's history. The Pony Express and the Overland Telegraph once passed through this area, and nearby Buckland Station was a Pony Express stop. Facilities at Fort Churchill include trails, a campground, picnic area, group use area, and access to the Carson River. Visitors can experience outstanding hiking, camping, picnicking, photography, horseback riding, canoeing, and historic and environmental education. Buckland Station was a stage stop, Pony Express station, and hotel built in 1870 using materials from the abandoned remains of Fort Churchill. The station is now operated as a museum and serves as a reminder of the industrious spirit of Nevada's early pioneers. The park also offers a horse camp where riders can camp with their mounts near Lake Lahontan. The state park is located eight miles south of Silver Springs on Alternate 95.