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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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Waaay down the backroads but a great education for the kids

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... read more

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

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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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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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

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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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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Jackson, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We would have enjoyed the walk up to the bluff if it had been a bit less warm. Wonderful views! Would have appreciated a trash can in the parking lot.

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Essex, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

A great time cruising down the lazy river with the Bozeman WW Outfit. Great value and a fun day to cool off

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This park is nothing big or dramatic. There is no visitor center or even a bathroom. It is a 2.5 mile drive on gravel road to a small parking lot. After a hefty 1/4 mile hike uphill to an interpretive kiosk, you can sit on a bench and gaze at the cliff where the Native Americans drove the buffalo off.

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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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