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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone Number: 605 745 6017
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an...
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.
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A highlight of our SD trip

What a treasure. We had no idea this existed and had gone to Hot Springs to swim and mini golf. But what an incredible surprise to find out what this was after seeing the signs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Regina, Canada
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Regina, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

What a treasure. We had no idea this existed and had gone to Hot Springs to swim and mini golf. But what an incredible surprise to find out what this was after seeing the signs for it. An active dig with knowledgeable guides and an incredible story. Both my daughter and I found this really interesting. For once I didn't... More 

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Shelton, Nebraska, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I have seen the brochures, and really had no idea what it would really be like. There was some construction, but we were routed around to the back. The gift shop offered a discount on purchases for the inconvenience. The tour is worth the money and the place is terrific once you are inside. They were working on the building... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Incredible dig site. You actually tour the site and see the workers doing their thing trying to recover mammoths that are embedded in the earth many feet under ground level. Truly an amazing site to visit.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What a neat experience to see this famous natural attraction in one of the coolest places ever to visit. This is a must see on any trip to Yellowstone. Years and Years of nature preparing this awesome beauty for you to see and admire.

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msp
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We stopped by the Mammoth Site while laying over on a long road trip. Much more interesting than I thought it would be, The guide was very knowledgable. Definitely recommend this site.

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Central City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This place is so amazing! It is literally seeing history being revealed. I highly recommend paying a visit and seeing mammoths!

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Langhorne, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We went with our 7 year old grandson. We all really enjoyed it and learned a lot. The story of the discovery itself is interesting and the story of the pit itself was amazing. They have a great interactivity for the kids, don't let them miss it. Grandson absorbed and remembered a lot of it and told his class the... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I decided to stop by the Mammoth site for a break in drivin home. I am not that interested in archeology but i found this very fascinating. I did not take the tour, i just bought a ticket and they gave me a booklet that describes everything. The site is in one building where you can see the excavation of... More 

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Hot Spgs SD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It's truly mammoth in every aspect. To be in this part of our nation and not visit the Hot Springs Mammoth Site is to miss a significant element of ones visual and historical education.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I'm not even that into archeology but this place was excellent. It was really cool seeing all the mammoths that fell into this hole. There's a fee for the tour, it was an hour long and there's a great store, which there's no fee to look around in.

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