• Blankets, hides, and other offerings hang at massacre overlook

    Sand Creek Massacre

    National Historic Site Colorado

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the park's hours?

The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is open 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM every day.

From December 1 to April 1, the site will only be open on weekdays or on weekends by appointment. Please call 719-729-3003 on weekdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm or email us to schedule a tour.

Is the park open year around?

The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is open on weekdays year-round. The site is also open on weekends from April 1 through November 30.

Holiday Closures: Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2014, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday and Thursday, December 25, 2014, in observance of the Christmas Holiday. The park will also be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015 in observance of the New Year's Day Holiday.

How do we reach the park?

The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is located at 55411 County Road W. The site can be reached via Colorado 96, turning north at Chief White Antelope Way (Kiowa County Road 54) or turning north at Kiowa County Road 59.

Is there camping at the site?

Camping is not permitted at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and there are no overnight facilities available within the park.

Are there walking/hiking trails available in the park?

Yes, there is a trail head located adjacent to the ranger station at the park. The trail is approximately 900 yards (825 meters) in length. The trail leads to the monument area and viewing overlook above Sand Creek. There is an interim trail extending approximately 1100 yards (1000 meters) beyond the monument area along the ridge line, providing nearly 2 kilometers of trail to visitors. Visitors are asked to remain on designated trails.

Is there a bookstore at the park?

Yes, the bookstore is located in the ranger office and carries a selection of over fifty-five titles and several other assorted items. The sales area is operated through the Western National Parks Association.

Is there a park film available?

No, the National Park Service has not yet produced a film about the Sand Creek Massacre/Sand Creek Massacre NHS.

Are there food/beverage concessions available at the park?

No, there are currently no food/beverage concessions available at the Sand Creek Massacre NHS.

Are there picnic tables available at the site?

Yes, picnic tables are available in a shaded area near the ranger station.

Is potable water available at the site?

Yes, a drinking fountain and drinkable tap water are available inside the ranger station.

Can I smoke at the site?

Smoking is allowed only in designated smoking areas due to extreme fire hazards.

What type of clothing and footwear should we have while visiting the park?

Weather conditions at the park vary considerably. Temperatures range from over 100°F in summer to under 20°F in winter. Visitors can expect blowing dust and sand year-round, especially during infrequent storms. Some of these storms produce violent tornadoes or large blizzards, so prepare accordingly. Visitors often state that sunscreen, bug spray, windbreakers, and sunglasses make the park more comfortable.

Park staff strongly encourage wearing sturdy leather boots or shoes, full length pants, head coverings, and weather resistant outer garments.



Did You Know?

Northern Arapaho: White Buffalo

The Arapaho tribe is comprised of two groups. The Northern Arapaho generally reside at Wind River, Wyoming, near Ethete. Most Southern Arapaho live scattered in western Oklahoma, in the communities of Canton, Geary, and Colony.