Madison Buffalo Jump State Park sits on top of a limestone bluff that overlooks the spacious Madison River Valley. A couple thousand years ago, skilled hunters instigated buffalo stampedes that led the beasts right over the 4,000 foot cliff to their peril. Sounds brutal, but it was critical for the survival of the ancient Native American tribes.
A system of trails gives you and your pooch the
opportunity to walk in the path of the historic buffalo runs. Jump Base Trail
is less than half a mile and takes you straight to the Buffalo Jump Overlook.
From here, you and your dog can gaze out over the expansive valley below. As
you survey the land, close your eyes and imagine the thunderous noise of the
oncoming herd. There are still buffalo bones buried at the base of the cliff
and archeologists have also found tipi rings. Check out the park’s interpretive
signs so you can learn more about the pawsome history.
If your pal needs more exercise, take The Rim Trail out
to the overlook. Keep your pup on leash so they don’t wander over the edge of
the bluff. A few other trails connect to
these main paths, so feel free to wander. The terrain is pretty barren and has
sage brush and grass as far as the eye can see. Since there isn’t much shade,
it’s super important that you carry plenty of water for both you and your four
legged hiking companion, especially during the summer. Remember to also pack
some clean up bags so you can pick up whatever your pup puts down.
Once you finish your hike, stop by the picnic grounds for
a leisurely lunch with your pup. The scenery and company just can’t be beat.
Unfurtunately, there are no camping facilities in the park. One thing is for sure, your pup will go mutts
over Madison Buffalo Jump State Park!