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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: 16057456017
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 62 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. New Learning Center opened May 2015, two new 53-seat theaters, universally accessible walkways, new HD Introductory video, New Digital TourGuide system.
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Fascinating, a must see

This is a privately funded site and is absolutely fascinating. You are able to get close to the remains of an ancient sink hole that was filled with warm water. Animals, primarily... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is a privately funded site and is absolutely fascinating. You are able to get close to the remains of an ancient sink hole that was filled with warm water. Animals, primarily mammoths then used this site for grazing and subsequently fell in. Their bones are still being uncovered. I didn't realise that people generally studied fossilised bones whereas this... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We had no knowledge that this place even existed until we read about it in local visitors guides. If you are interested in history and or paleontology you will love it. A working museum that included a guided tour and video that were both informative and well done. Well worth the drive down from Deadwood.

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I enjoy geology, and so this was right up my ally. The video and tour were very interesting and informative. I would highly recommend for kids and adults!

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Leesburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

How many places can you witness an active dig in the american west in air conditioned comfort? Numerous displays and a narrated tour provide plenty of information to make understanding the dig easy. Many skeletons are preserved as they were found while others have been mounted to make seeing the animal much easier. The stories are fascinating. You can learn... More 

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Ripon, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I came here with a bus tour. The video pre-tour was well done and informative. Not drawn out and boring. It was nice that they handed out headpieces to wear so the whole group could hear the leader without standing right on top of each other. Gift shop had a large variety at decent prices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It's an ongoing exhibit. They are still digging & discovering finds. Very interesting. Plenty of parking. Self guided or guided tour. All indoors.

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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This was very educational and an amazing historical site. They provide headphones so that everyone can hear the guide. It really makes it more enjoyable than crowding around the guide struggling to hear. Our guide was very informative and pleasant.

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Gardiner, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great place to explore for two hours. 61 mammoths and other animals have been found in this location. The guided tour and education displays are great. I've visited Mammoth Site both times that I've been in the Black Hills.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit, particularly with kids. Plan on 2 hours. Inside, wheel chair accessible. Very knowledgeable staff. Lots of PhD's roaming around who are doing real work here.

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Penn Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Mammoth Dig Site was our last stop on our 2 week road trip, and were not disappointed! The site is visited via tour guide, and begins with an introductory video about how the site was created and discovered. The guide then leads the way into the actual dig site, which is incredible. Whole mammoths are visible, as are separate... More 

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