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Hike to the Pictographs and Petroglyphs at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

(Great Falls, MT) – Join Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park near Ulm, MT for a hike to view the park’s pictographs and petroglyphs.

Hike with a Montana State Parks Ranger to the cliffs of First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park to view and learn about the pictographs and petroglyphs that were painted and carved by the First Peoples. Hikers will also have a chance to view carvings on the cliff face made by early homesteaders.

There are two opportunities to attend the hike: Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, March 15. Both hikes cover the same terrain and are weather dependent. Hikes may be cancelled due to ice or snow.

The terrain of the hike is rocky with frequent elevation changes. Participants must be experienced hikers in good physical condition, with good balance. Total distance for the hike is approximately two miles.

For those who are unable to attend a hike or hikers that want to complete their experience, there will be an evening presentation by Mavis Greer at the park’s visitor center on April 3 at 6:30 pm. Greer conducted the original study of First Peoples rock art and has created computer enhanced images of the pictographs and petroglyphs. Greer’s presentation will give participants a better perspective of the images seen on the cliff face, while stirring thoughts about their meaning.  

When: Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, March 15 from 10am – Noon. Hikers will meet at the park’s Visitor Center then drive to the top of the buffalo jump to start the hike from there. Registration is required for both hikes. Participants should bring water, snacks, a hat, appropriate clothing, and sturdy footwear for the hike. Due to the terrain, this is considered a strenuous walk. The event is FREE for Montana residents. A park entrance fee of $5.00/per vehicle applies to non-residents.

Where: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park - Visitor Center, 342 Ulm Vaughn Road, Ulm, MT 59485.

The park is 3.5 miles north of Ulm, just off of Interstate 15 at Exit 270.

For directions or more information about First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park visit: http://stateparks.mt.gov/first-peoples-buffalo-jump/

For more information or to register for the hikes contact Richard Hopkins, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park Manager, (406) 866-2217 or rhopkins@mt.gov .

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is one of the largest buffalo jumps in North America. The visitor center and interpretive trails tell the story of the people, the animals and the landscape of the buffalo culture. In 2013, more than 15,300 people visited this state park.

 

Contact:

Richard Hopkins

Park Manager,

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

(406) 866-2217

rhopkins@mt.gov


 

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