Vore Buffalo Jump--Sundance, Wyoming

The buffalo were incredibly important to the Plains Indians; their way of life and survival depended on them. Since there were so few resources on the Great Plains, the Plains Indians developed skills to use as much as the buffalo as possible.

Children under 6 free Children- Ages 7-12: $5.00 - Ages 13 and above: $9.00

Pilgrimage Focus

Suggested Spiritual Practices

History of the Site

The site was discovered during the construction of Interstate 90 in the early 1970s.[3] Located on the Vore family ranch, the site was to be crossed by the Interstate. Exploratory drilling in the sinkhole yielded quantities of bison bones. The University of Wyoming was notified of the potential archeological site and the road was moved to the south. The site was investigated in 1971 and 1972 by Dr. George Frison of the University of Wyoming. In 1982 the site was transferred to the University by the Vore family with the stipulation that it be developed as a public education center within twelve years. Funding limitations prevented development, so the site was again transferred to the Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation, which has built a small interpretive center and provides interpretive services.[8] The Vore site is located in a narrow strip of land between I-90 and old US 14.[2] The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Spiritual Significance

The buffalo animal totem symbolizes abundance, power, stability, pattern, gratitude, and consistency. Several cultures consider it to be one of the most sacred creatures, leading its presence to be deemed a blessing. If you are graced with visions of the buffalo symbol, whether in your mind or actuality, you can be sure that prosperity will follow shortly thereafter.

Nearby Church

1. Chapel of Faith
116 North 3rd Street, Sundance, Wyoming 82729
307-283-2046

2. Sundance United Methodist Church
306 East Ryan Street, Sundance, Wyoming 82729
307-283-1954

3. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
602 Main Street, Sundance, 82729, WY

Logistics

Lodging

Bear Lodge Resort 1615 E Cleveland St Sundance: Arrow Motel 214 E Cleveland St. Sundance; Deer Lodge Motel 26 Hwy 585 Sundance Motel Sundance

Restaurants

Directions

The Vore Site is located adjacent to I-90 between Spearfish, SD and Sundance, WY

West-bound visitors: Visitors coming from the east should take I-90 Exit 205, one mile west of the Wyoming-South Dakota border. Proceed west on the access road (formerly US Hwy 14) through the community of Beulah about 3 miles. The Vore Site parking area is on the left (south) just past a small hill.

East-bound visitors: Visitors approaching from the west on I-90 may access the Vore Buffalo Jump by taking I-90 Exit 199. Turn left (north) and pass under the interstate, then turn right (east) on the access road (formerly US Hwy 14). The Vore Site parking area is about 3 miles east on the right (south) of the access road.

Contact Info

369 Old U.S. 14 Sundance, WY 82729 CALL: (307) 266-9530