The best camping near Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

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Heavenly Holly Colorado Farm Land

1 site · RV, Tent180 acres · Holly, CO
Our quiet 180 acres of corn crop circles are a short walk north of the town of Holly, Colorado on US 50. Easy rest spot on your way across the USA. Our farm has a pond, but not much else. If you're looking for quiet solitude and a nice rest spot, we are happy to share our slice of heaven with you. The corners of the property where the plants are not planted are yours to enjoy, or pull up next door to the pump house and the pond?
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Travelors RV Park Eads Colorado

10 sites · RVs2 acres · Eads, CO
10 rv spot with 30 amp,50amp,power Wifi,water and sewer on US 287 and US -96 in kiowa county right behind travelers lodge eads colorado 609 east 15th street eads colorado 81036 Travelers Lodge Motel & RV Park US-287&US-96 is located in Eads. Local points of interest include Eads Visitor Center, Kiowa County Office, and Eads Golf Course. What's nearby Eads Visitor Center - 6 min walk Kiowa County Office - 9 min walk Eads Golf Course - 2 min drive Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site - 45 min drive John Martin Reservoir State Park - 51 min drive Getting around Colorado Springs Airport (COS) - 153 min drive Restaurants ‪JJ'S Restaurant - ‬2 min walk ‪Cinnamon Joe - ‬20 min walk ‪County Seat - ‬6 min walk ‪Godfathers Pizza - ‬11 min walk ‪Subway - ‬2 min drive
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The best camping near Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site guide

Overview

About

Discover a side of American history that will resonate deeply when you choose a camping trip near Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. It’s a powerful testament to an unfortunate event in our past, a place that encapsulates a sobering narrative that unfolded at the edge of what was then reservation land. In the autumn of 1864, about 1,000 Cheyenne and Arapaho people lived here in tepees, under the mistaken impression that they were safe after recent peace talks with white officials. The tragic events of November 29 that year marked an indelible chapter in history. Despite raising the Stars and Stripes and waving white flags, these indigenous people were met with a brutal attack that claimed at least 150 lives, mainly women, children, and the elderly. The troops left nothing but destruction in their wake. The Sand Creek Massacre has significant historical importance, comparable to the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War. Its exposure led to condemnation by the U.S. government and fueled years of war on the Great Plains. Over time, however, this massacre receded from memory, often overlooked in history books and local lore. Today, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site exists to ensure we remember. It is the only unit in the National Park Service with "massacre" in its name, a somber reminder of the atrocities committed. It invites visitors to understand a piece of American history that might startle, but is essential in understanding the nation’s past. Camping near Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site provides a unique opportunity for reflection. Here, amid the quiet landscapes, campers can contemplate the events that took place and appreciate the necessity of remembrance and education. It’s a camping experience that transcends the ordinary, one that imparts invaluable lessons from the past to enlighten the present.

When to go

The best time to visit Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and conducive for exploration. Summer months can be hot, and winter may bring snow, making access to the site more challenging. Plan your visit to coincide with the park's educational programs for a more enriching experience.

Know before you go

  • Check the official NPS website for any alerts or closures before your visit.
  • Be prepared for driving on dirt roads to reach the site near Eads, Colorado.
  • Respect the historical significance and solemn nature of the site during your visit.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, as conditions can change rapidly.
  • Cell service may be limited, so plan accordingly and download maps in advance.

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