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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 12 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
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This site and the story leading to its discovery was absolutely fascinating! As someone with hearing challenges, I loved the audio system they had. It made it so easy to hear the tour guide. At about 30 minutes, the tour was just long enough. We incorporated this into a day trip from Hill City, tour of Needles Hwy., eastern half... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is our 1st activity of our South Dakota trip. The sites itself is not very big, but hey there isn't a big fossil sites with so many Mammoth laid there which is opened to public to see. That is why I gave it 4 stars. The tour is about 30-40min. The tour guide is very knowledge and able to... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained what was going on in the site quite well. We enjoyed experiencing an active site! The attached museum is really well done and worth taking the extra time to see.

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37 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Very inexpensive tour that is educational and the dig is really interesting. It is also all under roof.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Well worth the drive, even though Hot Springs was out of our way. After visiting the Crazy Horse Memorial we decided to go to the Mammoth site before heading to the Badlands. This delayed our Badlands trip by a day, BUT so well worth it.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

From the reviews I expected something extraordinary. The museum was nice and informative, but also not very big. Overall, the history of the site is great and one definitely should watch the video there first in order to understand the general importance of the site.

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San Antonio, TX
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8 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

As we drove the scenic drive south of Mt. Rushmore, we wondered if we should go the extra 30 miles to see mammoths. Boy, am I glad we did. Great tour. Amazing opportunity to see excavations and skeletons. Good museum.

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Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We visited The Mammoth Site on August 12, 2014. It is an active paleontology site [science of fossil animal and plant life] that is one of the richest of its kind in fossil remains found there. The name and local signage might lead you to think it's a touristy side-show when it is anything but. Researchers and staff are busy... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Very informative tour. Guide knew what he was talking about. Went on a Sunday, so there were no workers there. It would have been cool to see someone actually working on the dig.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The younger of my two children, age 12, absolutely loved this place. She loves paleontology and dinosaurs and hopes to study this in college. This was her equivalent of Disney Land. Truly amazing to see so many bones and specimens in one place.

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