• Buffalo Jump State Park - Sun River, Montana

      Photo by Harry Kline
      A short drive from the town of Ulm is a state park without a tree in it. It is pure prairie, except for a bluff that gives the park its name. It is also known as the Ulm Pishkun State Park. A buffalo jump was a Native American hunting technique where bison were driven over a cliff and mortally wounded from the fall. The hunters then clubbed the wounded animals to death. That animals were used for meat, clothing, utensils and many other tools needed by the tribe. The visitor center has a short presentation and then you can hike up through the bluff to the actual site where the "jump" took place. There are buffalo jumps in several places around the west.

      If you go:
      There is a small fee, and the summer sun can be quite hot with no shade in the park, so dress appropriately and bring sun screen.


      342 Ulm-Vaughn Road
      Sun River, Montana 59483 USA

      Mailing address:
      First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
      P.O. Box 109
      Ulm, MT 59485 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Buffalo Jump State Park
      +1 (406) 866-2217