Special Walking Tour of Sand Creek Massacre


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The massacre of about 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children along the banks of the Big Sandy Creek in southeastern Colorado, known today as the Sand Creek Massacre, will be the topic of a free interpretive walking tour at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Reservations are required.

Join park staff on a narrated walking tour that will discuss events contributing to, and culminating in, the attack at Sand Creek. The tour will begin at 10 am in the main parking lot of the Sand Creek Massacre NHS and end at noon. For reservations, contact Sand Creek Massacre NHS at (719) 438-5916.

Park gates will open at 9 am. Entrance into the park is free. Restroom facilities and parking are available at the visitor contact station. The park bookstore will open at 9am and remain open until 3:30pm.

Participants should dress for warm weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Flip-flops or opened toed sandals are not recommended. Water and a water bottle refilling station are available on site. Inclement weather on the day of the event will cancel the program and participants with reservations will be notified.

Sand Creek Massacre NHS is located 23 miles east of Eads, CO. From Eads, take Highway 287 South for 2.7 miles before turning left onto Highway 96 East. Continue through the town of Chivington, to Chief White Antelope Way (a well-maintained dirt road). Turn north on Chief White Antelope Way (CR 54) for 8 miles before turning east on County Road W. The park is located 1.3 miles east on County Road W.

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 411 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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