Head-Smashed-In Buffalo/Estipah-skikikini-kots Jump World Heritage Site


Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is an archaeological site known around the world as a remarkable testimony of the life of the Plains People through the millennia. The Jump bears witness to a method of hunting practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years.

Due to their excellent understanding of the regional topography and bison behaviour, native people hunted bison by stampeding them over a precipice. They then carved up the carcasses and dragged the pieces to be butchered and processed in the butchering camp set up on the flats beyond the cliffs.

In 1981, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump as a World Heritage Site placing it among other world heritage monuments such as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and the the Galapagos Islands. For more information on UNESCO, go to www.unesco.org

Come and Visit

The Interpretive Centre is open year round (see Hours and Admissions for details). We welcome visitors from around the world. Check out the Events and Public Programs to be sure you don’t miss out on special performances and activities. Schools and youth groups will find our Education Programs of interest. Commercial Tour Operators are invited to Contact Us to make special arrangements and bookings for building tours and customized programs. Our Café is open from May long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend.