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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone Number: 605 745 6017
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Owner description: America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than 59 Columbian & woolly mammoths have been unearthed, as well as over 85 other species of associated Ice Age fauna. Hands-on activities for children, an educational experience for the entire family. One of the top fossil interpretive sites in North America. Open year-round. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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Danbury, Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Wow this place was so cool . Great staff, very educational. The active dig is right there as you walk around the boardwalk in the confines of the building. We went without kids but will be back with kids who I'm sure will love as much as we adults did. Worth making it part of a road trip to the... More 

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A visit to this dig was included during a Titan tour of USA PARKS AND CANYONS and was a fascinating look back into the past. These Mammoths must have been wonderful animals to see wandering around. Review by Maggie and Graham.

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Awesome place for all ages, friendly staff. If you are interested in fossils and history of area this is the place to see. If see in summer can view the dig at work. Well worth the admission fee can also become a member of site and help this nonprofit organization plus receive discount for joining. Hot Springs is a great... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We have visited the Mammoth Site several times. It never ceases to amaze me. If you visit during the right time you can see people at work in the site. Everyone who has travelled with us has enjoyed this stop, kids and adults.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

To hear the tale regarding the mammoth site is one thing, to see the bones and the dig in action is another. All the family enjoyed this outing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Really interesting site showing the pit where 3 types of Mammoths died, plus alot of other animals who were also caught out on the slippy sides of the pit. There is a quick guided tour and then you are left work around the site on your own. Very interesting and educational visit.

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Thermopolis, Wyoming
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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Mammoth Site is an excellent museum. I participated in one of the guided tours towards the end of the day. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to field every question we asked. She highlighted the major projects of past and present, and was careful to highlight every fascinating feature of the site, some very well hidden amongst the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

This was an incredible experience!! It was educational and fascinating. There was a tour but we were able to spend as much time afterward to look around. This is a working archaeological site with many knowledgeable staff to answer questions. I recommend going early; Wee noticed it got very busy as we were leaving.

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Hot Springs, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

For all who grew up watching Indiana Jones and got the 'archaeology bug' like I did, this place should be on your list. It's a terrific chance to go to a functioning dig site, and you might even get the chance to see them dig in situ. The huge collection of mammoths discovered here is impressive. But what really caught... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

If you have ever visited Dinosaur National Monument and marveled at the preserved bones literally frozen in time, than this is the mammal version of it. There are dozens of preserved mammoth skeletons still in the ground and you can watch them being slowly excavated by paleontologists one scrape of the earth at a time. The museum is literally built... More 

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