Montana Park of the Week: Madison Buffalo Jump

 

Montana Park of the Week: Madison Buffalo Jump

Take a picnic and hike to the top of a buffalo jump for impressive views of the Madison River Valley.

Situated on the edge of a broad valley carved by the Madison River, this high limestone cliff was used by Native Americans for 2,000 years - ending as recently as 200 years ago.

Native people stampeded vast herds of bison off this massive semicircular cliff, using them for food, clothing, shelter and provisions.

"Runners," highly skilled young men trained for speed and endurance, wore buffalo, antelope or wolf skins to lure bison to the "pishkun" or cliff. The buffalo jump was often the ke...



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