The sleepy nature of the small community of Silver Springs, situated east of Lake Lahontan State Recreation Area, bellies its active history. This expansive valley has hosted scores of travelers, including American Indians, gold rush pioneers, explorers, missionaries and more, before visiting visitors who finally came to stay. Just a few 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.
Today, visitors to the valley and the welcoming Silver Springs community will find many references and remnants of this colorful heritage, as well as tons of outdoor activities. This town is the perfect launching pad for adventures of both alluring heritage and outdoor recreation. 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 more.
Over 60 miles of shoreline begs to be enjoyed at the popular Lahontan State Recreation Area, directly east of Silver Springs. Although a nationwide drought has significantly lowered water levels here, the reservoir still draws in visitors and locals alike for fishing, camping and more.
Eight miles south of Silver Springs, visitors can check out one amazing place: Fort Churchill State Park. Originally erected by the United States Army in 1860, this amazing place was set up as a form of protection for early settlers. While an entire fort with numerous buildings formerly stood here, today, several buildings have completely withered away while others have partially remained. Peruse the trails to wander in and around these captivating structures, or check out the visitor’s center for information and other artifacts from the fort’s past. Visitors can also take advantage of a campground and picnic area, and easy access to the Carson River.
Just down the road from Fort Churchill is Buckland’s 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 can check out a small museum in the station and wander these beautiful and historic grounds for impressive photo ops.