Sand Creek Massacre Observes Memorial Day Weekend with Special Evening Walk

Photo Courtesy of the NPS

Photo Courtesy of the NPS

Join the staff of Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in observance of the Memorial Day weekend with a special evening walk on Friday, May 26, at 7 pm. Park staff will explore the night march of Colonel John Chivington and 675 troops of 1st and 3rd Regiments, Colorado (US) Cavalry, as they marched from Fort Lyon toward “Black Kettle’s Camp” along Big Sandy Creek.

Program length is 2 hours with a round trip walk of approximately one mile. Participants should bring flashlights. Space is limited for this free evening program. Park gates will open at 5:30 pm and the walk begins promptly at 7 pm from the lower parking lot, near the visitor contact station. Reservations are required. Call (719) 729-3003 Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 4 pm for additional information and reservations.

Participants should bring flashlights and are encouraged to dress warmly and wear sturdy walking shoes. Inclement weather on the day of the event will cancel the program and participants with reservations will be notified.


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