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

    Sand Creek Massacre

    National Historic Site Colorado

Things To Do

At the Site:

  • Learn about the Massacre from an interpretive ranger.
  • Picnic in the trees of the former Dawson homestead.
  • Walk to the top of the Overlook Hill.
  • Look for rare birds, insects, and flora.
  • Continue along the bluffs trail to admire the High Plains landscape.
  • Honor the dead by paying respect at the repatriation burial area

Did You Know?

Colonel John M. Chivington

John Chivington (1/27/1821-10/4/1894) commanded the Colorado Volunteers at Sand Creek. Having led Union forces to victory at Glorieta Pass in 1862, the controversial commander denied any culpability for the Massacre for his whole life. His namesake, the southeastern Colorado town of Chivington, was founded in 1887. More...