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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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what an amazing place. Where else can you go to an active dig site where there are mammoths there. Absolutely incredible amazing how they stumbled across this place so glad they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

what an amazing place. Where else can you go to an active dig site where there are mammoths there. Absolutely incredible amazing how they stumbled across this place so glad they are able to preserve it definitely worth the price of admission

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Stopped in for a quick tour, very glad we did! Matt was a very friendly, knowledgable tour guide--we were suprised to learn he is only 15! When you first enter the dig site it almost appears to be fake, but during the tour you can see where a legit excavation is taking place. We will look forward to returning with... More 

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Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Mammoth Site was under construction- but that didn't stop us - this place is amazing- the tour with the views of all the fossils uncovered is simply amazing!

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The site is so unique and remarkable that it almost appears fake. Very interesting! The 2015 Excavation Season begins in June, and if you are here in the summertime, you will be able to view the active dig; and kids can participate in the Junior Paleontology Program and an Atlatl Throwing Experience.

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Brandon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Mammoths are interesting enough but seeing a large pit of bones is very cool for those interested in this sort of thing. The price was cheap and the experience was worth it. The tour is short and you can go through the building in a short amount of time. We had a picnic lunch outside and enjoyed the day.

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Regina, Canada
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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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