Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Offers Aug. 9 Walking Tour

Wednesday, August 06 2014 20:56   Other NPs

On Aug. 9, 2014, join park staff at the Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Kiowa County, Colorado on a narrated tour that will discuss the events of August of 1864 and their place in the Massacre at Sand Creek.

Some of these events included the responses to the June 27th Proclamation, a chase of Left Hand's emissaries down the Arkansas River and up Sand Creek, the Little Blue raids, and the U. S. War Department's authorization of the Third Colorado Cavalry.

This walking tour will focus on the attempts at peace, gubernatorial proclamations, changes of heart, fruitless chases and authorization of a new regiment of volunteers. The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. and last approximately two hours.

Visitors should expect to walk at least one mile over sandy and uneven terrain. Participants should dress appropriately for weather conditions and wear comfortable walking shoes. Long pants are recommended. Inclement weather on the day of the event may result in program cancellation; visitors with reservations will be notified.

Entrance to the park is free and gates open at 9 a.m. The visitor contact station offers water and restroom facilities. The park bookstore is open concurrently with the site and offers over 50 titles to interested visitors. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Please make reservations by calling 719-729-3003.

The Sand Creek Massacre is located in Kiowa County, Colorado. To visit the site, follow Colorado State Highway 96 east off Highway 287 near Eads, or west off Highway 385 at Sheridan Lake. Near Chivington, turn north onto County Road 54/Chief White Antelope Way or at Brandon, turn north onto County Road 59. Follow these roads to their intersections with County Road W. The park entrance is along CR W a mile east (right) of CR 54 or several miles west (left) of CR 59.

The Sand Creek Massacre, profound, symbolic, spiritual, and controversial, is a site unlike any other in America. As 675 cavalrymen came around a prairie bend, the camps of Chiefs Black Kettle, White Antelope, and Left Hand lay in the valley before them. Chaotic, horrific, tumultuous, and bloody, the events of Nov. 29, 1864 changed the course of history.

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