Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
4.5
Natural History Museums • Science Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than 60 mammoths have been unearthed, as well as over 85 other species of associated Ice Age fauna. Hands-on activities for children and 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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Sheri B
42 contributions
An Active Dinosaur Dig - New Bones Unearthed Regularly
Sep 2021 • Couples
If you like dinosaurs or archeology, this is the place for you! An active dig under roof that reveals the remains of 62 mammoths uncovered to date! See a full skeleton of one of the huge Colombian mammoths, along with a short-faced bear, unearthed in this pre-historic sink-hole. You can visit the Boneyard (dig site) and talk to a volunteer paleontologist about the dig, the museum displays, and the working lab in the lower level. There are activities for children as well. Worth the stop!
Written September 24, 2021
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Thank you for visiting The Mammoth Site! We're glad you enjoyed your visit here.
Written September 27, 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL13,089 contributions
Surprisingly Great Experience
Sep 2021
Only because every tour book said we must visit and only because it was number 1 above the springs in Hot Springs did I think we needed to visit. Everyone in my group kind of questioned me when I said we were going here. However, everyone agreed after visiting that was a great attraction that they were glad we saw.

It is hard to prepare you for what you will see. It is a large active archeological dig site with literally dozens of Mammoth fossils. Because it is so large, it is climate controlled and under roof. Let me say it is a perfect visit like Wind Cave for a warm, sunny summer day.

Our group love learning about how the Mammoths got stuck here, even seeing their footprints in the layers of soil. We also learned the difference between Wholly and Columbian Mammoths and most of these were the larger Columbian. Anyways, it was simply a great exhibit that was comfortable and educational and really easy to visit. I highly recommend you stop here especially if you are thinking about skipping. There is no where else you can find this.
Written September 20, 2021
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Thank you for your thoughtful review! We're happy to hear that we proved your group wrong and that you enjoyed your time here!
Written September 27, 2021
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AnnaSkin
San Antonio, TX76 contributions
Great way to spend time
Aug 2021
This site is very educational. The self-guided tour takes you back into prehistoric time. Interesting and educational.
Written September 13, 2021
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Thank you for stopping by!
Written September 27, 2021
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ibrake4java
Collierville, TN322 contributions
Great lesson in history
Sep 2021 • Friends
Thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Mammoth Site. Watching the archeologists work and seeing what they have uncovered is amazing.
Written September 10, 2021
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We're glad you enjoyed, thanks for stopping by!
Written September 27, 2021
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Teresa Y
56 contributions
Impressed
Sep 2021
We weren't sure what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. This place has a lot of great information and I actually learned quite a few things in the short time I visited. The movie is excellent and to see the dig site and the size of the tusks and bones was unreal. We were impressed. The gift shop is nice too. Overall very happy with our visit! The only thing that I would say in criticism is regarding the admission price for kids, maybe lower the price for kids/students. It was expensive for a family of 4 with teens. Loved the place though.
Written September 8, 2021
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Thank you for visiting! We're glad that this was an informative visit for you. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, we depend on admission and gift shop dollars in order to keep digging and to fund our mission of research and education, hence the prices. Again, thank you for your review, and for taking the time to stop by and see us.
Written September 27, 2021
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Quest12860506739
9 contributions
Labor Day Visit
Sep 2021 • Family
More interesting for adults but kid still liked it. Loved learning about the actual size of different types of mammoths and how scientists figured out how they died.
Written September 6, 2021
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Thank you for visiting, and for taking the time to leave a review!
Written September 27, 2021
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Megan L
Rock Springs, WY42 contributions
Excellent!
Jul 2021 • Friends
The self guided tour was planned out incredibly well! Tons of great information and a lot to see. Love the layout and accessibility of the site.
Written September 6, 2021
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Thank you for reviewing, Megan! We're glad that you were able to enjoy The Mammoth Site.
Written September 27, 2021
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donna_tx52
Dallas, TX60 contributions
MUST SEE
Sep 2021 • Couples
This was quite simply spectacular! Very informative and the resident “digger” was full of knowledge and willing to share. This is certainly a DO NOT MISS stop when in the area.
Written September 3, 2021
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Thank you for visiting!
Written September 27, 2021
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Chris and Alison USA
Hackettstown, NJ390 contributions
A Mammoth Site of Mammoths!
Aug 2021
This is an amazing place! The last time I was here was over 40 years ago where the parking lot was dirt and the site was only a tent.

This is a working site where fossils are still be excavated, catalogued and displayed. It is educational. It is a view back into time. Rest rooms are clean. Gift shop. Displays. Self-guided tour. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Written September 3, 2021
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It's definitely changed quite a lot since then! Thanks for visiting us again, and for leaving a review.
Written September 27, 2021
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Beth D
Breckenridge, MN26 contributions
Nice!
Aug 2021 • Family
Great visit! The self-guided tour brochure was easy to follow and great for us to guide our young kids through at our own pace. The whole family really enjoyed our visit here at a unique museum & working site!
Written August 30, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review! We're glad that everyone in your party was able to enjoy their visit to The Mammoth Site.
Written September 27, 2021
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