Please drive carefully as you approach the site. Keep in mind that the last eight miles of roadway to the site are gravel and dirt. Also, roadways adjacent to the site are open-range, watch for cattle.
If adverse weather is occurring or imminent, please do not leave blacktop roadways - gravel and dirt roads become extremely hazardous when wet/muddy. Washouts can occur quickly with little notice. If electrical storms are observed, please return to your vehicle or designated storm shelters.
Southeast Colorado is rattlesnake country and rattlesnakes may be encountered at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Walking in tall grass or among sagebrush increases the likelihood of encountering a rattlesnake and possibly being bitten. Rattlesnake bites are potentially fatal. Please stay on designated trails.
For more information on safe practices, please look at the site safety bulletins.
Did You Know?
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...