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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
605 745 6017
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Kansas City, Kansas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Often, I fear that some of these touristy things are just gimmicks. But Mammoth Site is the real deal. Don't be put off by the fact that it's not an open archeological dig in the great outdoors but instead fits into a warehouse-sized building. This excavation of wooly and Columbian mammoth skeletons and tusks is something everyone should see. Our... More

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Nashville,Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

No crowd to fight with. There was construction taking place. They offered a 20% souvenier discount due to construction. We chose the family plan pricing. The intro video was good and informative. We like the individual headphones used during the tour. We could all hear the guide. All of the bones and information was interesting. Great spot for kids too!

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Winfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We all know how short the attention span is for young children. Imagine a 7 year old and a 9 year old completely awestruck for more than two hours as they toured the mammoth dig and exhibit area. Imagine a 7 year old and a 9 year old asking intelligent questions during a tour of a mammoth dig. This is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

There are a lot of mammoth bones in a small area. The guided tour was very informative. It's about 50 miles south of Rapid City and we are really glad we made the drive. I think kids and adults both will enjoy this museum.

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Central, ND
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is one stop that you will want to plan at least 2 hours of time to go through and see everything they have there. It is something that you will remember the rest of your life and it is in such a very small area. The people are very informative and their knowledge is second to none.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Stopped in Hot Springs on our way to the Black Hills and checked out this mammoth site. Really enjoyed it more than expected. It's amazing such HUGE animals lived here.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Great attractions. In the small town of Hot Springs, SD--great site with a huge sinkhole full of mammoth fossils and bones. Very informative for kids and adults alike. Don't miss this in the Black Hills of SD.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Who knew there was an ancient sink hole in Hot Springs, with dozens of Mammoths and other critters, which has been excavated for the past 40 years, and is only a third of the way down.

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Colorado Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Weve never been to a mammoth site before, so thought we'd stop in on a whim about an hour before closing. Big mistake! Allow at least 3 hours to visit this magnificent paleontological site! In situ remains of two different types of mammoth that were trapped in a collapsed cistern. Plenty of bones to see---which are processed on site in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Rather than your traditional museum, this is still an active paleontological site! The actual excavation work is only done in 6 weeks in the summer, but anyone over 18 can volunteer to help! Check the website for details on how to sign up. For anyone visiting outside those limited 6 weeks of work period, you're still in for a great... More

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