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“Excavations are ongoing” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Ranked #1 of 18 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 older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Farmington, Connecticut
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“Excavations are ongoing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Somehow I hadn't realized the excavations were ongoing, so that means this place changes every year. You see the pit by guided tour, but are welcome to walk back on your own after. There is a small museum attached that is worth going through, though it won't take very long. It was interesting to see what they had uncovered, though I couldn't help feeling bad for the animals that had been trapped!

Visited May 2013
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Madison WI
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“You won't see this twice in a lifetime”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

By pure accident, a housing developer discovered an unparalleled paleontology treasure -- a 27,000-year-old sinkhole with a few hundred years of remains of trapped mammoths. The site is slowly being excavated, with several impressive nearly-complete mammoth skeletons uncovered and left where they were found for viewing, as well as random bits and pieces of other mammoths, and a bear skull that has to be seen to be believed.

If you like huge old bones, this is your place! It's a nonprofit worth supporting, too.

Visited May 2013
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Hinsdale
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

Mammoths are so cool! Outstanding tour guide. Excellent way to view archeological work as it happens. Loved this opportunity to be able to support a nonprofit discover the past and preserve the work for the future.

Visited May 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Buried treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

We happened upon the mammoth site purely by chance on our drive from Laramie to Mt Rushmore - and it turned out to be a holiday highlight. The previous year we had enjoyed a dinosaur dig at Choteau, in Montana - but that paled in comparison to this.
So many prehistoric bones in one place and volunteers digging away - under cover - before our very eyes - simply fascinating!
The tour guide was extremely informative as were the displays as we wandered over the dig via a wooden walkway. We have our fair share of dinosaur remains in Australia but to have so many in one place was mind-blowing.
Do yourself a favour: if you're in the area, visit this site - it's a must-see.

Visited October 2012
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Wyoming
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“Excellent family attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is a reasonable priced well presented family or anyone attraction. Very neat and informative then go down the hill and eat at Willy's

Visited May 2013
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