Buffalo bones.

Big Pit of Buffalo Bones

Field review by the editors.

Vore, Wyoming

Buffalo bones. Thousands and thousands of buffalo bones. 20 layers of buffalo bones! For roughly 300 years, an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 buffalo were stampeded into this pit by various prehistoric tribes. The animals either died in the fall, or were massacred by Indians shooting into the pit with arrows. In 2011 an excavation building was opened at the Vore Buffalo Jump site, allowing both visitors and archaeologists to mingle with the bones in relative comfort. Only 5 percent of the site has been excavated, so the estimated buffalo corpse total could rise significantly. If there's ever a ghost hunters show just for animals, it should come here.

Big Pit of Buffalo Bones

Vore Buffalo Jump

Address:
Old US Hwy 14, Vore, WY
Directions:
I-90 exit 199. Turn north, then turn right (east) and follow the access road (formerly US 14) for three miles. The Vore Buffalo Jump site will be on the right.
Hours:
Summer daily 8 am - 6 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
307-283-1192
RA Rates:
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