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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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9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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I would have driven 50 hours extra to go here!

This was simply amazing if you enjoy history and educational experiences. The story how found and the wonderment of everyone who leaves. I would suggest a jacket since it is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was simply amazing if you enjoy history and educational experiences. The story how found and the wonderment of everyone who leaves. I would suggest a jacket since it is a real dig site with a building built around it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here during our South Dakota vacation. Very interesting. It is a working dig site. Anyone interested in Prehistoric Life will appreciate this.

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Cathy: Thanks for stopping by The Mammoth Site on your South Dakota Vacation. Thank you also for writing a review. Our main purpose since we were established in 1975 is education and preservation of the site, so we are glad you enjoyed your visit and found it to be very interesting. Thanks again and Happy New Year! More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

One of the most interesting things on our vacation. Never having seen a true archeological site it was awesome. The movie, tour and museum were done so well that we decided to adopt one of the mammoths. Seriously you CAN do that! I hope to go back again sometime.

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and writing a review. One small item, we are a paleontological site versus archeological, as there is no evidence of humans being involved at the time the mammoths were here. Thanks for adopting one of the mammoths and we look forward to you visiting us again. More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

This is a dried mud pit where mammoths fell to their dead. It has the largest collection of mammoth bones around. The site is one building accessible via timed guided tour. The guide did a good job leading the group meandering in the pit and talking about the site. Really much better than thought .

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and writing your review. Yes, most people find that they are impressed with what they see and learn, it is hard to show and explain what happened and how we have preserved the site, the best way is to visit. Thanks again, More 

Nassau Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Your guide was very knowledgeable; This was my very first dig site visit; Fascinating to see the instruments used to uncover bones were so very simplistic

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us and writing your review. We are glad you were fascinated to see the dig site. We continue to excavate, mostly in the summer months, but do have staff working in the bonbed and lab usually year round. Thanks again! More 

Oceanside, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

So exciting to see an active paleontological dig! There is only a guided tour available, but the guides are great and keep it moving fast enough that our active 5-yr old was able to stay engaged. The headsets were very high-tech and comfortable. Our son was repeating bits and pieces of the tour in the car ride home and quizzing... More 

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting The Mammoth Site and writing your review. We are glad that your family enjoyed the tour and our gift shop. We try to have something for everyone. Our new wireless digital TourGuide system is new this year and is a big improvement over our old system. Thanks again!! More 

Willcox, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Such an educational, well preserved, historical gem. A great experience for families, students and professionals of natural science.

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting The Mammoth Site and writing your review. We appreciate you taking the time and glad you enjoyed your visit. We strive to continue to research our site, preserve it and educate the general public. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

It was very informative, different from what I expected. There are certain tour times and you have an ear piece to hear your guide as you walk through. My older kids enjoyed the short movie they saw but were a bit bored by the pace of the tour I think and my 2-year-old was not too impressed. My husband and... More 

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting The Mammoth Site and writing your review. We attempt to entertain all ages, the real young ones it is sometimes difficult to accomplish this task. That is one of the reasons we don't charge for ages 3 & under. Thanks again for visiting and writing your review. More 

San Jose, California
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We went to the Mammoth Site with our 3 kids. We all enjoyed the tour. We had gone 12 years earlier without the kids so we appreciated some of the upgrades they have made like wireless headphones for the tour so you could hear everything the tour guide was saying. We were excited to be there while there were people... More 

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Jennifer: Thanks for visiting The Mammoth Site again and writing your review. We have made some major changes in the past twelve years. The most being made in the last year, with the new learning center, theaters, new HD video, universally accessible walkways and the wireless digital tourguide system. Thanks again!! More 

Colorado Springs
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This is an ongoing active paleontology dig site. The number of mammoths found there is extraordinary and it is neat to see some many intact specimens. Funny to find out most are male. The facility itself is a bit dated but the staff are exceedingly knowledgeable.

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and review of The Mammoth Site. The original building over the sinkhole was built in 1985 and opened in 1986, but since we have had additions to our facility in 1990, 2001, 2012 and 2015. We have added new wireless digital headsets for touring in 2015 and are working on adding self-guided tours via phones... More 

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