• 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 and may be declined due to staffing limitations.


Recent News:
Night Tour of Sand Creek Massacre - April 19, 2014
Colorado in the Civil War
The Gold Rush and the Plains of Colorado
Tour of Bent's New Fort - March 15, 2014
A Tale of Two Treaties
The Southern Cheyenne Odyssey
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?

Camp Weld Conference

On September 28, 1864 Cheyenne Chiefs Black Kettle and White Antelope, with other Cheyenne and Arapaho, met in council with Colorado Governor John Evans and Colonel John Chivington. Held at Camp Weld near Denver, Major Edward Wynkoop, commander at Fort Lyon arranged the council and anticipated peace.