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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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Fascinating History of Survival and Community

This is a small park by most standards, but one whose historical significance makes the trip worthwhile. Buffalo jumping wasn't something typically taught in grade school... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is a small park by most standards, but one whose historical significance makes the trip worthwhile. Buffalo jumping wasn't something typically taught in grade school curriculum - what a shame, as it is history worth telling. We took the 1/4 mile walk up to the viewing area and the placards there tell the full story - the trail to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

A bit out of the way but I thought it was worth it. Take your time inside the building and get a sense of how the buffalo hunt went. Everything was carefully planned out by the natives. Then take the drive to the top (or hike) and you will have a good idea of how it all went. Interesting piece... More 

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Helena, Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If you've seen several other buffalo jumps you can probably skip the dirt road drive to this one. However, it is a nice place. It has an easy little trail. This is more of a primitive site with a few informational kiosks.

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Seeley Lake, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

..finally took the time to exit at Logan and visit it !! Loved the walk up to the jump and could picture it.. buffaloes being driven to the cliffs and made to jump..the signs explained it really well and I recommend it to anyone traveling through to area to take the time and go down the dirt road ;-).. it's... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It was only 20 minutes off the highway and well worth the trip. Amazing views captivating traditional Indian survival techniques. Lots of information recording the stories of buffalo hunting in the area. There is a track up to the top of the Buffalo jump for those who wish to hike. Restrooms are available. It was a beautiful day in September... More 

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Cranbrook, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This one is out of the way but worth the trip if you are in the area. You have to walk up an old road to the site. Basic interpretive facilities without all the glitz of other attractions.

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Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Medium to high strenuous hike here. Lots of local folk lore about Indian tribes and buffalo. And if you are into geocaching, there is one here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I am sure that it is usually wonderful. The day we went was extremely hot. It seems everything was just hot, dusty and dry. Our timing was wrong not theirs.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you are into history at all, a nice side attraction from Bozeman is Buffalo Jump State Park. I was told that its an interesting spot where early indians funneled wild buffalo to jumping off a cliff for their food supply. Its a nice peaceful walk 1/4 mile from the parking lot to an observation pavilion describing the event. Its... More 

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We stopped by this state park to see my first buffalo jump. The state park is out of the way but the drive in is just a few miles and is scenic. There is not a lot to the state park. A parking lot and sign and then a quarter mile hike uphill to the interpretive center that highlights the... More 

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