Fort Simcoe Historical State Park consists of 196 acres in the Yakima Indian Reservation. The day-use heritage site is primarily a historic preservation effort. Fort Simcoe is part of the National Register of Historic Places because it is one of the few pre-Civil war forts that remain in the west. Between 1860 and 1922, Fort Simcoe was used as a boarding school Native American children were forced to attend.
The school building burned in 1955 and no longer stands on the property, but a lookout, officer and servants’ quarters, and a jail remain behind. Additionally, the park has 0.8 mile of hiking trails, as well as an Interpretive Center, museum, volleyball field and two horseshoe pits.
A wide variety of birds, like the Lewis’s woodpecker, can be spotted at the Fort Simcoe Historical State Park.
The Park is closed in the winter from October 31 through March 31.