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Mastodon State Historic Site

Address: 1050 Charles J. Becker Dr, Imperial, MO 63052
Phone Number: 636 464 2976
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Imperial
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Looking to take a trip to where something big happened? Try Mastodon State Historic Site. The site...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: Looking to take a trip to where something big happened? Try Mastodon State Historic Site. The site is the home of the Kimmswick Bone Bed, one of the most famous and extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits of fossils, including a number of bones of giant mastodons. Interpretative trails and picnic sites dot the landscape and a museum tells the natural and cultural story of the Clovis culture, which existed in the area between 10,000 and 14,000 years ago.

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Imperial, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is kinduva niche review. If you're interested in serious backpacking, and live in metro St Louis, this is a great place to get in shape, try out different pack/gear combinations, etc. before you go on that dream hike. The Limestone Trail is about two and a quarter miles long, with some good up and down, and lots of rock... More 

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Imperial, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great place to take kids for a visit to their museum or to walk the trails. they have a challenging trail, and some shorter level trails great for family walks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The museum was small, but very informative. We spent over an hour on the trails. The Limestone Trail was pretty challenging, especially for younger kids, but still a nice hike. The Bone Bed was kind of lame since you couldn't really see anything. Overall, we had a nice afternoon there. I would recommend it if you're looking for something different... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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113 reviews 113 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Start outside the Visitors Center and trek the 1.75 mile forested trail that follows the park boundary. a little traffic noise in some places but you soon forget that while tackling the inclines or admiring your surroundings. Bring the pups for some exercise and meet the happy hikers as you trudge the trail to happy destiny. Visitor center is informative... More 

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Arnold Mo.
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25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Took the grandchildren here for a family day. Had lots of fun hiking the trail and seeing the museum. I would recommend. Easy access from the highway. Free entertainment.

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Belton, Missouri, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Nice little hike (with lots of stairs) Not really sure where the beds were as all we saw was vegetation, the path was obvious to follow the trail but nothing marked as far as where to look for the fossil beds, we didn't call in for trail interpreter. The museum was $4 for each adult. There wasn't much to it... More 

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Saint Louis
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158 reviews 158 reviews
53 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is a quick stop kind of museum. Definitely worth a look if your in the area and need a break from the car. The museum is small but has about 10 minutes worth of items to read and look at . Costs $4 for adults. Free for kids under 12. There is a 14 minute video that provides the... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for things to do on a weekend trip and this came up in a search of the area. It was a very informative and interesting place. They could use a better sign on the museum building, but other than that we were very impressed with this site. Amazing what jewels you can find tucked away not too... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Don't go expecting the Smithsonian and you will be pleasantly surprised. If you were to drive a long way just to come here, it wouldn't be worth it, but if you happen to be driving through, or nearby, it is definitely worth a stop! The museum itself is small, but informative as well. There is a short film explaining how... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The history of the Kimmswick Bone Bed is displayed here plus has walking trails available. It's a fun stop that will take about 45 minutes and a bit more if you walk all the trails. You may prep for it by viewing the video on YouTube by the MODNR (Missouri Dept of Natural Resources) and the KETC 9 documentary as... More 

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