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Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone Number: 16057456017
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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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Mammoths and more mammoths!

Just returned from a visit to the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. Take the tour, watch the movie and learn how this incredible archeological dig was discovered and is an ongoing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just returned from a visit to the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. Take the tour, watch the movie and learn how this incredible archeological dig was discovered and is an ongoing dig. How often do you get to see ACTUAL mammoth bones up close! If you are in the area you should go and visit this site. Highly recommend.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This site was an ice age sinkhole that trapped 61 mammoths over time. Knowledgeable interns give detailed close up tours, while you watch scientists actively engage in the dig. An amazing place and well worth a stop.

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unbelievable number of mammoth bones- fascinating to see them in-situ. Also interesting in the way in which they were discovered (generous hearted developer), as well as the manner in which they were 'leached,' unlike the fossilization process of most other fossil bones. You enter and watch a short video, then follow the very knowledgable guide with headsets on (easier to... More 

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Henrico, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very impressive. watch the movie and take the tour...Very informative. Lot I didn't remember learning. Glad we stopped

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So impressed with the Mammoth Site. Totally fascinated . Very knowledgeable guide. Will do this visit again.

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

Dear Mary H, Thank you for sharing your experience at The Mammoth Site. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and overall experience. We look forward to your visit in the future. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very unique site where a sinkhole was discovered containing Mammoths.. It is the largest such site anywhere in the world. A short video is followed by a guided tour by an actual geologist working at the site. Very interesting and informative. Entire site is covered and temperature controlled.

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

Greetings FrankC7113, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate the feedback our visitors provide. We are glad you found the Site to be "interesting and informative". The Mammoth Site has the largest concentration of mammoths in the world. We are truly unique that we are a working paleontological dig site and museum. We are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the most amazing place. It is so hard to believe that it could have been a housing subdivision if not for the generous spirit of one man! The tour was amazing, but Rachel our tour guide paleontologist was remarkable! Her knowledge and enthusiasm made the tour! Do not miss the chance to see 26,000 year old bones and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After a short introduction movie you are given a headset from your guide to go on a tour of the mammoth digging excavations. This area is all enclosed and easy to follow. It was very interesting to see the remains of Mammoths stacked on top of each other with the actual digging still in progress. Well worth the visit!

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

Greetings KevinZ, Thank you for sharing your experience at The Mammoth Site. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for recommending us to others. We hope you will visit us again someday! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was fascinating to get to look way back by not only learning about mammoths, but also how archeologists can tell us exactly how a certain animal died there. However, the self guided tour was very confusing, so if you want to learn in an easy way the guided tours are probably better

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

Dear Elli D, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate hearing the feedback about our self guided tour booklet. We are currently working on updating our booklet and we apologize you found it to be confusing. We appreciate you taking the time to visit the Site and we hope you will visit us again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Mammoth Site is built around an ancient spring where dozens of Mammoths fell in and died. The raised walkway in the exhibit building allowed me to peer over the shoulders of paleontologists unearthing bones and other Paleocene fossils. There is an excellent film explaining the geology of the area and how the Mammoths came to be trapped. Our tour... More 

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

Greetings Carol, We appreciate hearing the feedback from our visitors. Thank you for sharing your experience while visiting The Mammoth Site. We are glad you enjoyed the introductory video and guided tour. We hope you will visit us again someday. More 

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