Things To Do

Ranger Programs
Interpretive programs are offered daily at 10am and 2pm. In the event you are unable to visit the park during these scheduled programs, ranger staff can provide an interpretive talk on demand. For details, contact park staff at (719) 729-3003 Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm.
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.
  • Admire the High Plains landscape as you continue along the bluffs trail.
  • Honor the dead by paying respect at the repatriation burial area

Special Events

Free Guided Walking Tour of Sand Creek Massacre

National Historic Site

The Sand Creek Massacre is a seminal event in American Indian history, a brutal massacre that took 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho lives in a surprise raid by Colorado (U.S.) Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War. At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th, join a park ranger on a guided tour that traces the path of the attack.

The hour-long guided walking tour will begin at the visitor parking lot and stop at multiple points along the Monument Trail and Monument Hill. The ranger will provide information and interpretation about events that led up to and occurred during the massacre itself. The trail is a half mile-long unpaved gravel path that starts in the visitor parking lot. Visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.

The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For additional information, please call the park at 719-729-3003 (Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) or visit


For more information on planning your visit

Please look at one of these other pages:

Basic Information

Directions and Transportation

Calendar of Events




Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

910 Wansted
POB 249

Eads, CO 81036-0249


(719) 438-5916

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