The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of any age that have a permanent disability. This pass is not available at Sand Creek Massacre NHS, as the site is free of charge.
- The visitor center at the site has a single accessible parking space. This space leads directly to a paved ramp to the visitor center and the accessible restrooms.
- The headquarters has a single accessible parking space as well, with a single-level building and accessible bathrooms.
- Seating is available for visitors upon request.
- Trails on the site are graded for accessibility. However, visitors can expect soft sand, potentially bad weather, and trails impacted by rain or wind. The trail to the Monument Hill can bog down wheelchairs and offer obstacles to visitor enjoyment.
- The monument hill parking lot offers close accessibility. However, visitors can expect up to 80 yards of packed trails. Typically, these trails are well-packed and in good condition; however, in inclement weather, these trails can be inaccessible to visitors with physical disabilities.
Programs and Tours
- Programs at the Visitor Center at 10 and 2 are accessible. They occur in the visitor center or on the deck outside. Both offer accessibility via a ramp and handrails.
- Programs or tours can occur on the Monument Hill or along the trail to the Hill. As such, the above considerations about trail conditions may apply.
- Accessible restrooms are available at the visitor center and on the Monument Hill.
- Programs offer seating by request or at benches along the trails. The Monument Hill and the picnic area both offer extensive seating and shade.
Vision or Hearing Disabilities
- Braille brochures are available on request at the headquarters and at the site.
- Large Print Brochures are not available at present (May 2015).
- The park film is not yet available. When it is completed, it will have captions.
- Wayside exhibits currently have no assistive listening devices, tactile maps, multi-sensory presentations, or audio descriptions.
- No assistance during programs and tours currently exists at Sand Creek Massacre NHS for visitors with vision or hearing disabilities.
- Trails are sandy and often have loose soil or uneven surfaces, presenting tripping hazards to visitors.
- Visitors should be aware of their footing and beware of snakes, burrowing animals, or their burrows.
Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal,
please see the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) definition.
- Water is only available at the visitor center. Please plan accordingly, especially during the heat of summer.Visitors are encouraged to bring water bottles and bowls as needed.
- Weather conditions vary greatly at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Temperatures can range from below 30° to over 100° F and storms can produce severe thunderstorms and blizzards. These conditions can be difficult for visitors and service animals alike.
- Please be conscientious of the service animal's behavior and interest, as prairie rattlers are prominent at the site. Rattlesnake bites can be deadly to service animals.