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Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
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+1 605-745-6017
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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
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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See and Learn about Paleontology and Mammoths

In 1974 at the southwestern edge of Hot Springs, South Dakota, mammoth bones were surprisingly uncovered while bulldozing a site for construction. Excavation began immediately... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In 1974 at the southwestern edge of Hot Springs, South Dakota, mammoth bones were surprisingly uncovered while bulldozing a site for construction. Excavation began immediately, and a protective building was soon erected when it became apparent that this was a massive and spectacular deposit of fossil bones, not only from mammoths, but from other fauna dating back 26,000 years. Today,... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a small little place barely off the main drag of Hot Springs. It's pretty cool that there are tons of mammoth skeletons well excavated so that you can see their outlines. The guided tour could be worth it, I don't know because I didn't have time to do it. But even just walking around and doing the self... More 

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

Greetings sdurkin24, We are sorry to hear that you didn't have enough time to take the guided tour but we are glad to hear that you found the self-guided to be "sufficient". We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback about your experience at The Mammoth Site. We hope that you will be able to come back and visit... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gift shop had really low and reasonable prices then what we are used to in other gift shops! Although the woman at the cash register was grumpy and unpleasant! I believe her name was Mary! What they call the bone bed was quite enjoyable! If you have teenagers, this is the place to take them! My kids learned so... More 

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

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate hearing feedback from our visitors. We take our reviews very seriously and use them as training tools for our staff. We apologize for your unpleasant encounter with one of our staff members and this situation will be addressed with them. The Mammoth Site strives to provide... More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was such a find! My 7 & 9 year old boys had a great time on the fossil dig and they are still talking about the spear throwing class! I was amazed by the quality of fossils and the information I learned at this site. It was amazing. Definitely an excellent addition to the Rushmore trip.

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

Greetings KM, Thank you for your review of The Mammoth Site. We appreciate hearing the feedback from our visitors. We are glad to hear that your children enjoyed the Atlatl Class and that your family was also "amazed by the information at the Site". We hope you and your family will visit us again in the future and maybe your... More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an out of the way, but unique and well worth while excursion for any amateur paleontologist, child or lover of natural history. Since the site has been preserved within the museum, while still being actively excavated, you not only get to experience the extraordinary prehistoric finds but also get to feel part of the action.

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

Dear Eric L, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site and share your personal experience during your visit. We are glad that you found The Mammoth Site to be "well worth" it. We appreciate the feedback from our visitors and we hope you will visit us again in the future. More 

Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

The Mammoth Site is just a stone's throw from Wind Cave, so I decided to burn a couple hours here before my cave tour. It is definitely worth a visit and this is an attraction that is unique. You must visit the Mammoth Site via guided tour, which run pretty frequently. There is a video then a guided tour around... More 

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

Greetings Chris N, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you decided to take the time to visit us while waiting for your tour at Wind Cave. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found the Site to be "unique". We hope that you will come back and see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Your was the right length and level of detail to prime you for more exploring. It's kid-friendly and both my young kids enjoyed it.

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

Greetings Rebecca J, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate hearing feedback from our visitors. We are glad you thought the tour was the right length and enjoyed the information that was given to you by our guides. We are also very happy to hear that your children enjoyed their visit as well. We... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Our kids found the sight very interesting! They loved learning about the mammoth story and their foolishness to slip into the hot springs.

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

Greetings Pernille, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate hearing feedback from our visitors. We are glad you and your family enjoyed your visit to the Site. We hope you will come back and see us again someday! More 

Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

A truly remarkable place to visit. A privilege to be able to see so many mammoth bones in one place in what is a living archaeological dig. Amazing and somewhat breath-taking. A good exhibition all round; very informative; a great experience. Somewhat off the beaten track but well worth a detour to Hot Springs to see this amazing phenomenon.

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

Greetings Chris M, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you found the Site to be "informative and amazing". The Mammoth Site is unique that visitors may experience a working paleontological dig site. We appreciate hearing feedback from our visitors about their experience at the Site. We hope that you will visit us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

If you are in the area, make you visit the museum! The site is beyond impressive and informative. If you tend to collect souvenirs, their gift shop prices are more than reasonable!

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

Greetings Jay B, Thank you for taking time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will be able to come back in the future! More 

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