Sand Creek Massacre National Historic

If you could travel back in time to November 29, 1864, you would see about 1,000 Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americans living in teepees on the arid plains near present-day Eads, Colorado. Their elders had recently held talks with U.S. government officials, and they left the discussions feeling like they could live in the area without being harassed. On that morning, however, they were awakened by the sound of many horses pounding across the plains. As the United States Cavalry rode down on the teepees, the chief raised a United States flag, and many Native Americans waved white flags. Regardless, by the end of the day, the calvary had massacred over 150 Native Americans, burned the village, and carried off the dead bodies as if they were trophies. Explore the site where the United States changed forever by visiting the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Sand Creek Massacre National Historic

Join a park ranger-led tour to learn more about the events surrounding the Sand Creek Massacre. The Visitors Area is a great place to reflect while being surrounded by nature. Stop at the Repatriation Area to pay tribute to those who died that brutal day. There are great hiking trails to explore in this area as well. 

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How To Get To Sand Creek Massacre National Historic

It is easy to get to Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site from Pueblo and other locations along Interstate 25 South. If necessary, use Exit 97A so that you are going north on the interstate. Take Exit 100 A and get on US 50 East. Turn left on Colorado 96 East. While this road does some turning, stay on it until you get to County Road 49 and turn left. Make another left onto County Road 50. Finally, turn right on County Road W. 


55411 County Rd W, Eads, Colorado 81036

Fee: Entry fee $0

While Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is in a remote location, you will not want to miss joining the park rangers for the twice-daily tour of the site where the United States government massacred over 150 Native Americans. Then, head nearby to see the largest fort on the Santa Fe Trail and the site where Japanese residents were held during World War II. There are fantastic places to go hiking, and bird-watching can be outstanding for those who enjoy wildlife. Throw a line in the water to catch a big fish or go on a kayaking adventure nearby. There are great restaurants and places to shop. There is lots more to do in this remote area, so be sure to bring your RV. If you do not have one, rent one on RVshare.com. You can find options that you pick up and others that can be delivered to your choice of campgrounds. Each unit is covered by 24/7 roadside assistance.