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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Ulm
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Owner description: Explore the Native American way of life at this ancient pishkun, where tribes hunted bison by driving them over cliffs.
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
199 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2013

I had never heard of this buffalo hunting method before. The lecture by the staff was very informative & the interactive museum was top-notch. But the best part of the venture was to actually go to the ledge (a short drive or moderate walk) and imagine utilizing the methods you just acquired to harvest a 2,000 pound animal - WOW !!!! The prairie dogs along the way are entertaining, but the real drama is actually standing on the "jump-cliff" and pretending you are running ahead of hundreds of huge beasts & you have to go over the cliff first. Admission was free. There is a small gift shop on site. The buffalo jerky is actually quite tasty.

Visited May 2013
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Great Falls MT
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Always gets better”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

The park service and staff have done a lot to this attraction. There's lots of history here for a buffalo jump. It's the best one I've seen and it's always improving. A great walk in the spring. Be careful in the summer, there are rattlers out but nothing to fear, just be aware. Great prairie dog town just before the top entrance of the park. A must see to appreciate. Make sure you see the visitor center as there is a lot to see.

Visited April 2013
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Helena, Montana
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Amazing cultural heritage site”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Fascinating and educational. Watch out for snakes though! Seriously. Rattlers are difficult to spot and they hang around the prairie dog town. But this is an awesome place to learn about Native American culture.

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Gainesboro, Tennessee
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A visit back in time”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

We went out there in October, so the winds were brisk, the prairie dogs were popping, and the Montana Sky was as big as proclaimed. So, what was so impressive, the walk, the interpretations, and the history of the place.

Thank MarilynnN
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Helena, Montana
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Get out on the trail”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Unfortunately, many visitors venture no farther than the small visitor center. But if you really want to get the full experience at this park, you need to walk at least part of the three-mile interpretive trail. Pick up a guidebook for the trail, which has more than a dozen marked sites that address various aspects of American Indian culture, natural history, geology and homesteader history. Most of the year, there are a couple of tipis that you can examine. The parks department is trying to re-establish native grasses, and you're also likely to encounter rattlesnakes (we did).

If you walk the entire three-mile loop, you'll climb up (a moderate climb, rocky at points, requiring some agility and good hiking shoes) to where the Indians forced bison over the cliff. Views are excellent, out over the rangelands and wheatfields, with buttes and mountains in the distance. Take water with you, because this is very dry, open country.

If you're not up to the full three mile loop, at least walk out to the tipis and the lower, more accessible sites of interest. Even going out half a mile (one mile round trip) will give you a much better feel for the place than just staying in the visitor center. The lower portion of the trail makes for very easy walking.

The center itself is pleasant, with picnic tables that offer a great place to have lunch while taking in the view.

Park hours are limited during the off season.

Visited September 2012
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