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Hours

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre is open 7 days a week:

  • May 15 to Labour Day: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • After Labour Day to May 14: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Easter Sunday.

Severe weather may lead to temporary closures. Please call 403-553-2731 if you hear of severe weather to confirm. You can also check our Twitter and Facebook pages for weather updates and closure notices.

Location

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is located 18 kilometres (15 minutes) north and west of Fort Macleod on secondary Highway #785 (paved).

Municipal address

275068 Secondary Highway 785

Admission

  • Adult (18-64): $15
  • Senior (65+): $13
  • Youth (7-17): $10
  • Family (2 Adults + Youths to a maximum of 8 people): $40
  • Child (0-6): FREE
  • Canadian Military and Family (with CFOne card): FREE
  • Cultural Access Pass: FREE
  • Group Tour Net rates available

Payment can be made by cash (Canadian and American), debit, Visa, Master Card, and American Express. Please note there is no ATM onsite. 

Experience Alberta History Annual Pass

  • Admission to all Alberta Provincial Historic Sites
  • Adult: $50
  • Senior: $40
  • Youth: $30
  • Family: $120

Amenities

  • Gift shop
  • Cafeteria
  • Free limited access Wi-Fi
  • Picnic tables
  • 1.2 kilometre hiking trail beneath the cliff
  • 200 metre walk upper trail
  • Viewpoints and interpretive panels outside the Centre
  • Complimentary wheelchairs and strollers available

Buffalo Jump Café

Open April 10 to Oct. 1

Open Daily (hot grill closes at 4 p.m.)

Our 60 seat café is open for the summer season. Your host Dale McEvoy and her crew are pleased to offer you choices in native-themed fare, including buffalo stew, buffalo burgers, and buffalo chili. Buffalo is a very healthy choice for anyone on a low fat high protein diet because it has a maximum 5% fat content. It tastes like lean range-fed beef. Specials change daily. Traditional lunch bar fare includes burgers & fries or soup & sandwich. In a hurry? You will find healthy snacks and sandwiches in the self-serve cooler. The cafe stocks a large assortment of cold soft drinks and treats.

Contact Dale McEvoy by email at mcevoydale@gmail.com or by phone at 780-720-8037. You can also call the cafe directly at 403-553-0388.

View the Buffalo Jump Café Menu (PDF | 92 KB)

School and Youth Visits

  • Thinking of bringing your class or youth group to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump? We offer a variety of fun and educational programs that can meet your needs.
  • Lunch options available. 
  • View the Buffalo Jump Café School Package Menu (PDF | 90 KB)
  • Contact the Centre by phone at 403-553-2731 or by email at education.bookings@gov.ab.ca.

Group Visits

  • We specialize in group tours.
  • Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of 15 or more, and for any third-party guided tours, regardless of size. For more information, see Group Visits.
  • Contact the Centre by phone at 403-553-2731 or by email at education.bookings@gov.ab.ca.

Program Bookings

  • Become a Buffalo Runner, The Piskun Program: $25 per person (plus regular admission fees).
  • Hike to the ancient drive lanes: $5 per person (plus regular admission fees).
  • Special Events are held annually: see our Events page for details.
  • Contact the Centre by phone at 403-553-2731 or by email at education.bookings@gov.ab.ca.

Accessibility

  • The site is fully wheelchair accessible with the exception of the lower trail.

Gift Shop

  • The Head-Smashed-In Gift Shop, Napi's Creations, focuses on providing visitors with a wide assortment of unique souvenirs. We stock everything from postcards and t-shirts to exquisite goods handcrafted by local Fist Nations artisans.
  • We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, debit, Canadian cash, and American cash (exchange rates variable).
  • Sorry, we do not offer mail out or online purchases.
  • Contact HSIBJ.GiftShop@gov.ab.ca with questions or to become one of our local Blackfoot artisans.

Pets

  • Only certified service animals are allowed onsite.

Visitor Tips

  • Allow approximately 2 hours for a complete tour of the Interpretive Centre galleries.
  • Check the local weather before visiting. Severe weather may lead to temporary closures: please contact us to confirm.

Parking

  • Large parking lot and overflow parking available.
  • Plenty of room for RV (recreational vehicle) parking, tour buses, and turnaround.
  • No overnight parking.