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Sand Creek Massacre Observes Memorial Day Weekend With Special Evening Walk


Sand Creek at sunset/Jeff Campbell

A special evening walk will take place at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Colorado in observance of the Memorial Day weekend.

The event will take place 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.

The program length is two 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 p.m., and the walk begins promptly at 7 p.m. from the lower parking lot, near the visitor contact station. Reservations are required. Call (719) 729-3003 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for additional information and reservations.

Participants 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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