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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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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
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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The Mammoth Site is a great place to visit! My family enjoyed the visit and would do it again. The guided tour was informational and the whole place was full of great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Chamberlain, South Dakota
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Chamberlain, South Dakota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The Mammoth Site is a great place to visit! My family enjoyed the visit and would do it again. The guided tour was informational and the whole place was full of great information. You could even visit the laboratory and talk to workers. Mammoth Site is excellent value and very educational and fun.

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Edgemont, South Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A great place to learn a little geology, archaeology and a long term view of the Black Hills. Staff is well informed and helpful. You can spend a long as you like at the dig. The dig is worked a short time during the year, but is staffed all year long. The museum is terrific.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Absolutely amazing what you will see and learn and it all happened right there! This is a must stop, the kids and the parents loved it!! They have no dug up 122 tusks, huge bear fossils and more!

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Westcliffe
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What a find. An archaeologist friend said the Mammoth Site was a "not to miss" place to see, and she was right on. Our guide, Hillary , was very knowledgeable and passionate about the site and made it a great experience. A truly valuable piece of American paleontology history.

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Barkhamsted, Connecticut
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. This is an active dig site that is sought after for internships and archeologist that happens to also give tours to the general public. The staff is super friendly and enthusiastic which I found very refreshing. The tour is very informative and really gets you up close and personal with... More 

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Flagler Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

Discovered this while attending the Sturgus Motorcycle Rally. What a find! Loved walking thru and seeing the acheolgical dig going on and the types of bones they have uncovered.

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Addition. Wonderful. They have a brand new IMAX type video that is fabulous. I wanted to Charge into the bonebed and get on tour as soon as it was over. Very very exciting.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Not much to fault at all. Good price and great narrator that takes you around the working dig site informing you of what each area is about. Currently 61 mammoths died at this site and it looks like painstaking, slow but interesting work to try and get to all the bones.

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oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

....or 61 of them....so far. Stopped here on a recent road trip and so glad I did. The exhibit itself is accessible for everyone and great for families. It is an active covered dig, and open year round. The tour guide was friendly and quite knowledgeable and there is an interactive area as well. Highly recommend a stop here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My 10 year old and I visited the Mammoth site in Aug. 2014. For the tour, they use a system where the guide speaks into a microphone that broadcasts to telephone handsets positioned along the an area (the group moves from one set to the next during the tour), which makes it easier to hear them. Our guide was knowledgeable... More 

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