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Address: Billings, MT
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Sacrifice Cliff is easily seen from many areas in Billings. The story I've heard is that a smallpox epidemic occurred during early contact of Native Americans with whites. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2013
Jan B
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Billings, Montana
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

There are several versions on Sacrifice Cliff. In the 1840s, the Crow Tribe was hit by a smallpox epidemic, and the local PR guys will tell you that 600 warriors rode over that cliff -- but here is the problem. First, they do not know exactly which cliff it was, and some Crow will tell you that it was two... More 

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bronx ny
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Couldn't take the hike because the first thing We saw was sights saying be careful as they braking into cars, this went on In every place we went to in billing. Very sad town :(

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Thank wearetheones
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is truly a great area to see, unfortunately you cannot get here anymore. The area has been blocked off and their is no longer any parking. Access can only be had by walking from the nearby Four Dances area.

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1 Thank MTTraveling
Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Sacrifice Cliff is easily seen from many areas in Billings. The story I've heard is that a smallpox epidemic occurred during early contact of Native Americans with whites. The Natives had absolutely no immunity to the dreadful disease. Brave warriors road their horses off the cliff believing their sacrifice would save their people.

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10 Thank Jan B
Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is a beautiful site, with a great view of Billings, the rim rocks, the bluffs overlooking the Yellowstone River, and the mountains in the distance. Now, at the bottom of the cliff, is development. However while standing there you can imagine what it looked like in the past, with no development, when two Native Americans rode their horses over... More 

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4 Thank TrueTexasTraveler
ENGLEWOOD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

It is beautiful on a clear day---you can see all of Billings, and several mountain ranges in the distance, too. It has an interesting history, too; the name has great significance :)

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3 Thank tlewiswatts
Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

Beautiful views on a acreage managed by Bureau of Land Management on land donated by Vince and Loiuise Larsen

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