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First Peoples Buffalo Jump

342 Ulm Vaughn Rd, Ulm, MT 59485
(406) 866-2217
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Ulm
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites
Description: Explore the Native American way of life at this ancient pishkun, where tribes hunted bison by driving them over cliffs.
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Newcastle
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

On our visit to Great Falls, we read about this site, which dates back centuries, and provided many tribes with their annual buffalo needs. Tribes would come from all directions to drive huge herds of buffalo over the cliffs of this vast plateau. Stop at the outstanding Visitor's Center prior to going to the top of the plateau to see... More

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Visited here with family just in time for a tour guide narrated explanation of the native Americans use of the Buffalo jump between the years 900 AD - 1500. Very interesting and informative displays and artifacts. Well worth the visit if you're in the area and only $5 per car (if you have Montana plates - it's no charge).

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Weston, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It's incredible to hear the history from the park ranger, and more impressive is to go hiking to the top of the hill and imagine how the native Americans directed the buffaloes there to jump and be caught, I recommend this place to visit if you are interesting in the plains Indians!

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76 reviews 76 reviews
37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Excellent interpreter talk with Ms. Reyes at the state park center (museum). Small visitor shop has several books and a few local handcrafts at artisan prices. Tshirts and posters also for sale. Enjoyed the small but comprehensive displays in center about buffalo, the lodges (tepees), and how the hunt using the cliffs were organized. Lodges outside the center were great... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
46 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Great place to learn about Native American history and buffalo. Beautiful scenery as well. Spent 30 minutes in the museum and then hiked out to the buffalo jump. Enjoyed watching the prairie dogs as well. Very interesting.

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Cascade, Montana
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79 reviews 79 reviews
5 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Spend some time walking through the trails; look out on the horizon as far as you can see; at some point you realize you can see for 100 miles in any direction and you come to understand the significance of this place to native peoples. Powerful!

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Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

On the drive up to the Buffalo Jump the Prairie Dogs were popping up everywhere. Their chatter was really cute. The hawks overhead were beautiful to watch as well. There were indian huts where the indians spread the buffalo skins to dry. When reaching the jump the scenery was beautiful, the trip was worth the drive from Great Falls.

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Tipp City, Ohio
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119 reviews 119 reviews
53 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We visited the Visitors center, and thought it was great. Wish we would have taken the time to walk up to the butte, too. We heard from others later that it was wonderful! They said, "It's an amazing trail with lots of info. The view from the top of the butte is beautiful. The prairie dogs are very cute and... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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249 reviews 249 reviews
192 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This state park protects an old Bison jump used 500 - 1,000 years ago. The visitor's center is small, but has nice displays of life on the plains back then. There is also a short talk the staff will give every hour. It is interesting and you can get more information from it. There are 2 ways to get to... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

If you are anywhere nearby, this is worth a detour to see and hear about the history of this remarkable area. The interpretive center and staff are very interesting and informative, the setting fascinating and the opportunity to walk on the buffalo jump area intriguing and haunting. A must-see.

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