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First Peoples Buffalo Jump STATE PARK | Ulm, MT

Montana State Parks | By mtstateparks
342 Ulm -Vaughn Rd., Ulm, MT 59485
2.3k 712

How Much

$0 - $5

Who

All ages

When

Check the description for time information.

Contact Info

406.866.2217 Visit Website

Description

See one of the largest buffalo jump sites in the country. Explore the visitor center and interpretive trails that tell the story of the people, the animals, and the landscape of the buffalo culture.

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is an archaeological site with possibly the largest bison cliff jump in North America. Native peoples used this site for at least a thousand years before Lewis and Clark passed through here. The bison jump site consists of a mile long sandstone cliff; there are remnants of drive lines on top of the cliff and there are up to 18 ft. of compacted bufffalo remains below the cliff. The park has an interpretive trail, picnic tables and a protected black-tailed prairie dog town to help the visitor better understand the epic history of hunting on the high plains.

In an effort to pay homage to the buffalo and the people who honor this mighty animal, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park has a terrific on-site education Visitor Center. The 6,000 square foot center offers visitors buffalo culture exhibits, a storytelling circle, classroom, gallery and bookstore. An outdoor amphitheater and traditional games playing fields are featured outdoors.

For hundreds of years, Indians stampeded buffalo over the mile-long cliff. Now, the top of the jump provides expansive panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain Front, the Missouri River valley, and the buttes and grasslands that characterize this High Plains setting. Plan at least a two-hour stop in this day-use-only park.


Activities Available
  1. Bird Watching
  2. Bow Hunting
  3. Education
  4. Exhibit
  5. Heritage
  6. Hiking
  7. History
  8. Horseback Riding
  9. Museum
  10. Nature
  11. Photography
  12. Picnicking
  13. Sightseeing
  14. Upland Bird Hunting
  15. Wildlife Viewing


Services and Amenities Available
  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Childrens Activities
  3. Gift Shop
  4. Interpretive Display
  5. Maps
  6. Parking
  7. Pets Allowed
  8. Public Restroom
  9. Toilets (Flush)
  10. Toilets (Vault)
  11. Trash Removal
SEASON AND HOURS
Park
Open all year

Summer Hours
Visitor Center and Upper Access Area
4/1 - 9/30: 8 am - 6 pm daily

Winter Hours
Visitor Center and Upper Access Area:
10/1 - 3/31
10 am - 4 pm Wed - Sat and 12 pm - 4 pm Sun.