First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Ulm

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, a National Historic Landmark, 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 buffalo 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.

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.
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  • We entered at the Visitor's Center first. While we were, we saw two beautiful antelopes. They were running fast! He passed the tepee quickly. In the visitor's center, we paid and learned what we...  more »
  • We visited the excellent visitors centre which gives a very good overview of the First Peoples who inhabited the area and explains in detail what the buffalo jump is. The centre has a gift shop with....  more »
  • We were spending a few nights in Great Falls on our way to Alaska and had to get some parts at a local RV shop. Fortunately for us, we missed our exit and had to drive to Ulm to do a legal U-Turn. As we exit the highway I see the sign to First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Interesting name so we decided to visit. So glad we did; the young receptionist was very helpful and after talking with her and two Park Rangers we decided to tour the facility and site. What a piece of history we knew nothing about. Fascinating and then taking the drive to the cliffs I couldn't imagine running ahead of a herd of buffalo and at the last minute jumping over the edge to safety. This park is definitely worth a visit. Make the time.
  • The museum and gift shop were quite interesting. It was cool to be told, "Please, touch" instead of, "Don't touch." While the building itself is not right by the jump site, you can drive to the top of the cliff to look out over. If you want to see the bottom of the jump site, be prepared for a few miles of trail hiking or bike riding from the museum.

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