The City of Boulder is working with Arapaho and Cheyenne Tribal Nations to develop a collaborative stewardship plan for a unique city open space site with important historical, ecological and agricultural features and a direct connection to the Sand Creek Massacre.
Take a virtual tour of the site to learn more about its important history and resources. Read the latest project memo – which includes the current vision for the property developed in collaboration with Tribal Nation Representatives – that city staff have prepared for the Open Space Board of Trustees.
The Fort Chambers / Poor Farm property is a 113-acre site located northeast of the City of Boulder; it was purchased in 2018 to help preserve lands around Boulder and fulfill open space purposes in the city charter. It is also the likely location of Fort Chambers, where, in 1864, Boulder County men mobilized into Company D and participated in the Sand Creek Massacre and other atrocities against indigenous people.
Given the land's connection to the Sand Creek Massacre, city staff are collaborating closely with Tribal Representatives –including Sand Creek descendants – designated by elected leaders representing the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.