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“Very interesting and wonderful free tour”

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 1, 2011

As part of our 17-day road trip, we made a stop at the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, SD. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! Be sure to sign up for the free tour as soon as you get there. You start out with a short video and then your tour guide (ours was a high school sophomore who did an excellent job) will take you through the building that houses the actual dig site. You are looking at real bones and footprints of mammoths from 26,000 years ago! So cool! The tour is nice because you have phones you put to your ear to hear the guide. This makes it possible to hear all the guide has to say in a very big building. After your tour you can stay in the building as long as you like. There are many other displays and you can go downstairs to the lab and watch the scientists work on the bones and even ask questions. The scientists were off when we were there on a Saturday, but it was still a wonderful visit. If you are anywhere near the area, visit the Mammoth Site! We also visited nearby Wind Cave National Park and that was great too.

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Reviewed July 31, 2011

We found out about the Mammoth Site only by road signs. We arrived at 4:00 one afternoon. We were sorry we missed seeing the workers unearthing bones.

We thoroughly enjoyed the site and the education that came with it.

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Reviewed July 29, 2011

This was a very well planned out display and tour of the dig site. The one thing that I didn't like is that the tour guide rushed through it. Seemed to be in a hurry to get to the next tour. They push you through like cattle. It was still worth the trip though.

Thank 33mason
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

We visited the mammoth site because it was raining and we wanted something to do indoors. I am so glad we did, the dig is so amazing. You can view into the massive sinkhole which trapped mammoths and many other animals. The children loved it, we spent additional time wandering around the site after the tour, including the attached museum. I would recommend the site rain or shine!

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Reviewed July 29, 2011

I am probably more into archaeology, fossils and history than a lot of folks, so I enjoyed this attraction. We had our two teens with us, and they could barely wait to leave. I think younger kids would enjoy it much more. It was a bit odd that a short film repeated virtually everything, almost verbatim, that the guide said in the start of the tour, but it's a short visit, so no sweat. It's a good f"museum" typoe attraction for a visit of about 45 minutes to an hour or so, for most people. There was an impressive quantity of bones and tusks.

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