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Buffalo Jump and Scenic Overlook

Used by Indigenous Peoples to kill bison by herding them off cliffs like this one, buffalo jumps enabled the harvesting of these animals for food, fur, tools and hides.

Standing on the jump in modern times, you have a panoramic view of the region’s unique topography with a glimpse of the Enrico Education and Science Center to the north.

The buffalo jump is located on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge just south of the Sun Prairie unit and Buffalo Camp. After crossing the bridge over Fourchette Creek and driving to the top of the hill, park off to the side of the road. Use caution walking toward the edge of the jump, and stay alert for rattlesnakes enjoying the view. 

This buffalo jump is just one of many signs of a long occupation and inhabitation by Indigenous peoples in the Sun Prairie area and across this part of Montana, and has been confirmed by archaeological surveys. As you visit sites like the buffalo jump, and wander the prairie, be respectful of and do not disturb any such signs, such as stone circles, cairns, or carved boulders. You may also wish to visit or learn more about our neighboring Indigenous communities or read our Indigenous Land Acknowledgement.

Additionally, the First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park in Ulm, west of Great Falls, is one of the largest buffalo jump sites in North America, and offers a visitor center, trails, and interactive exhibits on the landscape of the buffalo culture.