Long before the arrival of horses to North America, native people hunted bison on foot, stampeding these massive animals over steep cliffs so they would fall to their deaths. This method of hunting was dangerous but the rewards could be enormous. A single jump could feed, clothe, and shelter the people for a whole year. Much planning went into this perilous endeavor.
Sanson Buffalo Jump
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The buffalo jump at the Sanson Ranch was used as early as 4,000 years ago. Learn about how archeologists with the National Park Service study this site.
Setting the Stage
Preparing for the Winter
Riding the Plains
Last updated: October 23, 2020