First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

Explore the story of the people, animals and landscape of the prehistoric buffalo culture.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2015 by the National Park Service.


First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is an archaeological site that tells the story of one of the largest prehistoric bison kill-sites in North America, capturing a portrait of Montana’s First Peoples. Native peoples used this site to hunt buffalo for at least six hundred years. The park has a visitor center, interpretive trail, picnic tables, and a protected black-tailed prairie dog town to help visitors better understand the epic history of hunting on the high plains. The top of the jump offers expansive, panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain Front, the Missouri River valley, and the buttes and grasslands characteristic of the region.

The park also offers a visitor center and "what the buffalo became" exhibit, 3+ miles of hiking trails, public restrooms (handicapped accessible), special events, wildlife viewing, and remnants of Native Prairie.

 

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Location

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Latitude: 47.486486 Longitude: -111.537272 Elevation: 3760 ft
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Time Period Represented

Between 500AD - 1700AD

Visitor Fees (if any)

Free for Montana residents; $6.00 per vehicle daily entrance fee for non-residents

Seasons Open

Open year round: April 1 - September 30 open 7 days a week 8am to 6pm. October 1 - March 31 open Wednesday - Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12pm - 4pm, closed Monday and Tuesday.

Accessibility Notes

Visitor Center and restrooms are handicapped accessible

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome on trails but must be leashed and under control. No pets allowed in Visitor Center.

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