May 9, 2014
For Immediate Release
Eric Sainio, 719-729-3003
Cheyenne and Arapaho Footsteps
May 17th Walking Tour at Sand Creek
The Cheyenne and Arapaho people journeyed across thousands of miles and progressed through drastic social changes to come to Sand Creek, where the U.S. Army Volunteers killed about 200 of their people. The massacre shifted their society and history completely as it silenced the peace faction and destroyed whole families. The Cheyenne and Arapaho suffered social pressures to fight or accommodate as they struggled to survive and prosper on the High Plains.
Join park staff on a narrated walking tour that will discuss the odyssey of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, trace the complexities of their societies, and revolve around the Sand Creek Massacre and its impact on these nations. On May 17th, the presentation will begin at 10am and last approximately two hours. Visitors should expect to walk at least one mile over sandy and uneven terrain. Participants should dress appropriately for weather conditions and wear comfortable walking shoes. Long pants are recommended. Inclement weather on the day of the event may result in program cancellation; visitors with reservations will be notified.
Entrance to the park is free and gates open at 9am. The visitor contact station offers water and restroom facilities. The park bookstore is open concurrently with the site and offers over fifty titles to interested visitors. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Please make reservations by calling 719-729-3003.
The Sand Creek Massacre is located in Kiowa County, Colorado. To visit the site, follow Colorado State Highway 96 east off Highway 287 near Eads, or west off Highway 385 at Sheridan Lake. Near Chivington, turn north onto County Road 54/Chief White Antelope Way or at Brandon, turn north onto County Road 59. Follow these roads to their intersections with County Road W. The park entrance is along CR W a mile east (right) of CR 54 or several miles west (left) of CR 59.
Caution Large Vehicles and Motorcyclists: Eight miles of dirt/sand roads lead to the site.