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

    Sand Creek Massacre

    National Historic Site Colorado

Park News

From April 1 to November 30, the park is open every day from 9am to 4 pm.

From December 1 to March 31, the park will be open weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Staff may open the park on weekends by appointment; please allow one week advance notice. Call 719-729-3003 ext. 0 on any weekday from 9-4 to make an appointment.

Please note that weekend availability is not guaranteed due to staffing limitations.




150th Anniversary News Releases and Tour Information:
Lone Bear's Family and the Sand Creek Massacre - September 2014
"From the Warpath to the White Man's Road" - Stacy Riggs Program - October 25, 2014
Walking Tour of the Sand Creek Massacre - September 13, 2014
The August Proclamation and the Third Colorado Cavalry - August 2014
Evans' "Proclamation to the Friendly Indians" - July 2014
Hungate Family Murdered - June 2014
Murder of Chief Lean Bear Results in Revenge - May 2014
Colorado in the Civil War - April 2014
The Gold Rush and the Plains of Colorado -March 2014
A Tale of Two Treaties - February 2014
The Southern Cheyenne Odyssey - January 2014


Previous News:
August 1864: Colorado Territory - Walking Tour - August 9, 2014
"And Still He Stayed!" - Black Kettle Presentation - July 19, 2014
July 4 Programs - Walking Tour and Presentation
Third Cavalry Regiment, Colorado (U.S.) Volunteers - June 28, 2014 Walking Tour
Cheyenne and Arapaho Footsteps - May 17, 2014 Walking Tour
Night Tour of Sand Creek Massacre - April 19, 2014
Tour of Bent's New Fort - March 15, 2014
Tour of Sand Creek Massacre - January 25, 2014
News Releases Memorialize 150th Anniversary of Sand Creek Massacre
Sand Creek Massacre NHS Reopens to Public


Informational Bulletins and Briefs:
What's in a Word? - Information on use of the word "Militia" from seasonal ranger Jeff Campbell.

Natural Resource Bulletins and Briefs:
Birds - A summary of some of the bird species.
Cottonwoods - Notes on the trees of Sand Creek.
Fish - Study results on what fish can be found in Sand Creek.
Hydrogeology - Information on the creek's course.
Pollen Project - Analysis on pollen in soils samples.
Prairie Dogs - Details of this important high plains genus.
Rare Species - Some Threatened and Endangered Species use Sand Creek in migrations or as their homes.
Site Location Study Brief - A condensed version of the Site Location Study.
Soils - Sandy and loamy, humans can impact soils and plants greatly.
Special Resource Study Brief - A reduced version of the Special Resource Study.
Vegetation - The high plains boasts important native grasses and plants.
Wetlands - Despite the dry conditions, Sand Creek can boast high groundwater levels and riparian areas.

Safety Bulletins and Briefs:
Dehydration - On the dry high plains, thirst can be an important issue.
Heat Exhaustion - In summer, temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees.
Lightning - Thunderstorms often sweep across Sand Creek.
Plague - Prairie dogs can suffer from this disease and potentially pass it to humans.
Rattlesnakes - 95% of rattlesnake bites result from people harassing or moving the snake; this brief details ways to avoid bites from the remaining 5%.
Ticks - May carry Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Tornadoes - Safety tips regarding these forces of nature.

Did You Know?

Pvt. Aldrich

There were about 675 Colorado troops at Sand Creek. Private Joseph Aldrich of Company F of the 1st Regiment, pictured below, was one of 18 to die. The first soldier to fall at Sand Creek was likely Private George Pierce, Company F, 1st Colorado Regiment. More...