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

    Sand Creek Massacre

    National Historic Site Colorado

The Sand Creek Massacre - 8 Hours that changed the Great Plains forever

The Sand Creek Massacre: profound, symbolic, spiritual, controversial, a site unlike any other in America. 

As 675 cavalrymen came around a prairie bend, the camps of Chiefs Black Kettle, White Antelope, and Left Hand lay in the valley before them.  Chaotic, horrific, tumultuous, and bloody, the events of November 29, 1864 changed the course of history.

Did You Know?

Cheyenne and Arapaho families gather to remember.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes hold an annual Spiritual Healing Run at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Most tribal participants travel to the site from Montana, Wyoming, and Oklahoma.