Monument Hill Trail and Bluff Trail reopen at Sand Creek Massacre site

PROMO 64J Logo - Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Sign - Jeanne Sorensen
Published Thursday, May 9, 2019
by John Launius, Park Ranger

The Monument Hill Trail and Bluff Trail at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site have reopened to visitors. 

In February 2019, a rehabilitation project was initiated at the site which included improvements to several areas on Monument Hill. Most of the work for this project has now been completed. 

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PICT Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Sign at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Photo courtesy Jeanne Sorensen

Visitors are welcome to walk the trail to Monument Hill and along the Bluff Trail during regular park hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Due to its length, 1.5 miles one way, the Bluff Trail will close at 3:30 pm. Visitors are asked to plan visits accordingly. Because the areas immediately adjacent to the trails are being prepared for revegetation, visitors must remain on the gravel trails at all times. 

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PICT Sign at Sand Creek Site - Chris Sorensen
One of many signs at the Sand Creek Massacres National Historic Site calling out the history of the area and those involved. © Chris Sorensen

Rehabilitation activities are still active on Monument Hill Road and in the upper parking area. These areas will remain closed to vehicles for visitor safety. 

Restrooms on Monument Hill are open for visitors who choose to walk to the monument. Additional restrooms are available at the Visitor Contact Station.