At the end of the Civil War, the United States Army established an outpost on the route from Montana to California. Known as Fort Sanderson, it served as a base of operations for Indian fighting in the nearby areas up until the mid 1870s when Indian rebellions sharply declined. The U.S. Government did not abandon the post however, instead they used it as a silver mint and it was thereafter known as Fort Silver. At the turn of the century, the fort was finally abandoned, as cities became more populated and were seen as more ideal locations for mints. The U.S. government maintained ownership of the fort and surrounding land, where it became a National Historic Site. And to celebrate the fort's centennial birthday, the U.S. Department of the Interior purchased the neighboring Lake Silver ranch, which included Lake Silver and stretched northward into the Yessum Mountain range. The fort, combined with the land from the purchase, was then established as a U.S. National Park. Today, FSNP is a popular destination as travelers can enjoy the best of both worlds - the untouched beauty of the park and the urban conveniences and attractions of nearby Arrowhead.
Fort Silver is notable for its lush forests of towering Red Cedars and brush, with minimal Live Oaks as the vegetation changes the nearer one gets to the Yessum Range from Arrowhead.
The park will be presented in three parts: Lake Silver, Fort Silver Grounds, and Yessum Ranch.
*Fort Silver National Park, winner of Park of the Year 1989, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2007