Madison Buffalo Jump

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Photo by Simon Peterson

1 to 2 miles (round-trip)

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Gain: 350 feet

Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, trail running

Crowds: Moderate 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 the tall limestone cliffs. Indians used to run game off the edge, including bison and antelope, to stock up their food stores. Depending on the loop or trail you decide to take, the hike is about two miles. There is very little shade or water, so pack extra hydration for yourself and any dogs you’ve brought along. Because this is a state park, you'll pay a small amount to use the trails. 

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

Head west on I-90 toward Three Forks, driving for 23 miles. Take exit 283 toward Logan Trident, then immediately turn left onto Buffalo Jump Rd. Travel 6.5 miles. The park entry is on your left. 

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