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Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada: Head-Smashed-In, World's Most Lavish Buffalo Jump Team Field Report

Hwy 785, Fort Macleod, AB, Canada
From Fort MacLeod drive west on Hwy 3 for 2.5 kilometers. Turn north onto Hwy 2 and drive 2.5 kilometers. Turn west onto Hwy 785 and drive 16 kilometers. The entrance sign for Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump will be on the right.
Daily 10-5, but closes in bad weather (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $15.
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Head-Smashed-In, World's Most Lavish Buffalo Jump

Canada spent $10 million so that tourists can better understand what happens when a bison falls off of a cliff. Report... [05/09/2010]

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Entrance sign.

Head-Smashed-In, World's Most Lavish Buffalo Jump

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a little off the beaten track. It has been inhabited by people for at least 9,000 years by dated arrowheads, and used as a buffalo jump site for 6.000 years. The museum tells about Plains Indian culture and how they managed to survive on the prairie before horses and guns.

Summer events include demonstrations of First Nations' culture; check website for schedules. There are shuttles from the parking lots up the hill and back.

[G Kennedy, 07/11/2018]

Visitor Center.

Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump

The fabulous visitor center is almost completely buried in the side of a cliff. You enter in the lower level, take an elevator to the top floor, and work your way back down, completely underground, through the exhibits. There are several walking paths that take you to outdoor viewing areas. Archeological digs are ongoing, both inside and out.

[Jon Morgan, 06/27/2018]

Bison jump.

Head-Smashed-In, World's Most Lavish Buffalo Jump

You can either take a free shuttle bus or walk up an enormous hill from the parking lot. Take the bus! When you get to the building, you start touring from the top so you can follow the exhibits chronologically.

[Stefanie Hamilton, 06/06/2016]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Mountie MuseumMountie Museum, Fort Macleod, AB, Canada - 11 mi.
Water Tower RestaurantWater Tower Restaurant, Lethbridge, AB, Canada - 38 mi.
Fay Wray King Kong FountainFay Wray King Kong Fountain, Cardston, AB, Canada - 39 mi.
In the region:
Spock Bust and Handprint, Vulcan, AB, Canada - 51 mi.

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