Madison Buffalo Jump

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Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, Outside Bozeman

1-3 miles (round-trip)

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Gain: 350 feet

Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, trail running

Crowds: Light traffic

Just 30 miles from downtown Bozeman is an off-the-beaten-path hike at a historic Native American site. Trails start in open grasslands, then twist up to the top of a limestone bluff. Indians used to run bison off the edge to stock up their food stores. A short hike goes right up the middle of the bluff, but other trails wind around the park. There is very little shade or water, so pack extra water for yourself and any dogs you’ve brought along. 

Seasonal Conditions
This low-elevation park is one of the closest to Bozeman that offers year-round hiking with little snow. 

Head west on I-90, exiting at Logan and heading south. The road travels uphill for a bit, then down into the lower Madison floodplain, along the base of the hills. The park entry is a few more miles down the road on the left.

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Madison Buffalo Jump State Park Trailhead, Outside Bozeman

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