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Madison Buffalo Jump State Park

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Address: 6990 Buffalo Jump Road, Three Forks, MT
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Great History Site

This state park is a very nice slice of history to check out. It's a bit out of the way on a gravel road...but when you think of the history...it's totally worth the drive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Sherry H
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Bozeman, Montana
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Manhattan, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Madison Buffalo Jump State Park is the site that was used by Indians in the past. The Park has trails that go around the park to all the areas of interest, and there are several. Plan and walking for a mile or more to see it all, and keep your eyes open, some of the things are somewhat difficult... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This state park is a very nice slice of history to check out. It's a bit out of the way on a gravel road...but when you think of the history...it's totally worth the drive. Also, they have restrooms on site...always a plus for me.

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Thank Sherry H
Columbus, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Excellent interpretive exhibit, not too far from several interesting places to eat in Three Forks and Manhattan. I saw no inference about conservation one way or the other as per other reviewers but rather an explanation of how important the great bison herds were that once roamed this area to the Native American Indian. Most of Montana's State Monuments and... More 

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Thank Dannie K
Southwest Montana
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Learn somethings you never knew. This very small state park has a sense of place that gives you an opportunity to contemplate how life was on plains for American Indians. Dispels commonly held beliefs about conservation and hard lessons about living off the land. Great interpretation in diagrams of how a buffalo jump was used. Beware of rattle snakes on... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Short 1/4 mile fairly steep trail up to an interpretive plaza where you learn the history of the site. It was $6 for non-residents and there was a clean outhouse in the parking area. We saw 6 deer on our way back to the highway and lively flowers along the road.

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Be ready for a trip down long gravel roads to get here, but enjoy the views and the Alpaca/Llama farm along the way. This state park is nestled in the backcountry but is a great educational experience for the kids and is well maintained. A very short hike up the hill takes you to the covered interpretive center where it... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Seen one buffalo jump you seen them all. Nothing out here, just a hill and a few signs. Double up this trip with maybe a hike around the area. One real positive is it's so remote there is not sound from anything around which is cool. Interesting place but a few minutes to look and you are done after the... More 

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Thank Cursive9
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160 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

nothing flashy but well done. The watch for rattlesnakes sign was a surprise but seemed to mean it as we heard a couple not far off the paths. Displays informative, low-key and well done. The park was beautiful and maintained in fine shape. Given the season having someone staffing the site to offer more info or recommend other sites would... More 

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Thank Logan H
Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

You drive back into ranch lands on a road that turns to dirt. Not much to the park you have to climb a hill to read about the history of the buffalo jump. The Indians basically drove the buffalo off the cliff and at the bottom the women would butcher the carcass. Nothing on the buffalo would go to waste.... More 

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Butte, Montana
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The walk up the hill to the interpretative site is a must. The signs really explain what happened here long ago. Beautiful park, with a nice picnicking area.

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