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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Ulm

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First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is a Montana state park and National Historic Landmark in Cascade County, Montana in the United States. The park is 1,481 acres (599 ha) and sits at an elevation of 3,773 feet (1,150 m).

It is located about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) northwest of the small town of Ulm, which is near the city of Great Falls. First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park contains the Ulm Pishkun (also known as the Ulm Buffalo Jump), a historic buffalo jump utilized by the Native American tribes of North America.

It has been described as, geographically speaking, either North America's largest buffalo jump or the world's largest. There is some evidence that it was the most utilized buffalo jump in the world. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 17, 1974, and designated a National Historic Landmark in August 2015. The former name of the park was derived from the Blackfeet word "Pis'kun," meaning "deep kettle of blood," and the nearby town of Ulm.
Although there are more than 300 buffalo kill sites in Montana, First People's Buffalo Jump is one of only three protected buffalo jumps in the state. The other two are Madison Buffalo Jump near Three Forks, and Wahkpa Chu'gn near Havre, both of which are also on the National Register of Historic Places. It may be the largest bison cliff jump in North America.
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  • Was close to the highway, $8 park pass, easy trails to walk and seen some wildlife. Had a great artifacts display and gift shop. 
    Was close to the highway, $8 park pass, easy trails to walk and seen some wildlife. Had a great artifacts display and gift shop.  more »
  • Staff at the visitor center were very friendly and helpful. Lots of interesting information and some great views from the top. 
    Staff at the visitor center were very friendly and helpful. Lots of interesting information and some great views from the top.  more »
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  • There is so much history to learn in one place! The staff provides tons of wonderful background knowledge about the area and how to best enjoy the beautiful scenery while learning! The little museum helps you gain a deeper understanding of how important the area was and still is to this day! The gates close at 6pm in the summer and even earlier in the winter so plan accordingly to be able to use the trails!
  • Awesome! We didn't hike up but drove up to top. Great experience. The visitor center was good and the girl from Americorps telling us about the history was so informative and a pleasure to listen to. Highly recommend going out there. A short trip from Great Falls

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