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Havre, Montana: 20 Foot Pile of Buffalo Bones Behind Shopping Mall

2,000 years ago, Indians here would run buffalo off a cliff. Now there's a shopping mall at the top of the cliff, and visitors can descend a path (or stairs) to the bottom.

Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump

1753 US-2, Havre, MT
Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump. Entrance is on the north side of US-2, behind the Holiday Village strip mall.
Jun 1-Labor Day. Daily 9-4. Gated after hours. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Buffalo bones.

20 Foot Pile of Buffalo Bones Behind Shopping Mall

Very informative and interesting stop.

[CJones, 08/12/2018]

In some spots at this ancient bison cliff plunge behind the Holiday Village Mall, the bones are piled 20-ft. high.

20 Foot Pile of Buffalo Bones Behind Shopping Mall

I loved this! Good tour guide, authentic dig site with actual bones. $9 each for seniors.

[Marilyn, 08/03/2016]
20 Foot Pile of Buffalo Bones Behind Shopping Mall

You can't see anything if it is after hours; we drove up and the gates were closed. We were hoping we could just walk up and see it.

[Kim, 07/11/2016]
Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump

The Wahkpa Chu'gn buffalo jump is an ancient Native American kill site dating back 2,000 years. It is a non-sterile archaeological dig that allows viewers to get up close to history, even allowing them to handle certain artifacts. It is very unique and incredibly educational.

[Jillian, 12/22/2009]

Several exhibit houses on the kill site show layers of accumulated buffalo bones. There are tipis and mannequins on the site. According to the attraction's literature: "Visitors are given an opportunity to try their hand in 'killing' a mock buffalo" silhouette using a spear-like weapon called an atlatl.

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