Bison Hide Tanning Demonstration at Travelers’ Rest State Park
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: August 11, 2018

Montana State Parks ( will host a Bison Hide Tanning Demonstration with Billy Maxwell at Travelers’ Rest State Park on Saturday, August 11 from 10am to 4pm.

Join Cultural Anthropologist Billy Maxwell for a demonstration of traditional bison hide tanning. Maxwell lives off the grid in a tipi and has been working with bison hides for most of his life. He will demonstrate the process of how to tan buffalo hides and talk about getting the process and texture of bison hides to match hides in museum collections.

For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 273-4253.

What: Bison Hide Tanning Demonstration with Billy Maxwell

When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10am to 2pm

Where:  Travelers’ Rest State Park, 6717 Highway 12 W, Lolo, MT

Travelers’ Rest State Park, located in Lolo, Montana, is the only archaeologically verified campsite of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. For centuries Native Americans; including the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Nez Perce, used the area as a campsite and trail junction. With Lolo Creek running through the park, Travelers’ Rest Sate Park is an idyllic spot for nature walks and bird watching.

Visit Montana State Parks ( and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

A division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks