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“Exquisite!!”

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, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 24, 2013

This attraction was one of the best Yellowstone Park has to offer. It looked like a winter wonderland viewing the mineral terraces but they were emanating humidity and heat making it eerily beautiful. The explanation of the hot springs given by the Park Ranger on site was excellent as well. A must-do attraction in Yellowstone!

Thank Michele S
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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2014

Michele: Thanks for your comments, but I believe you had us mixed up with Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone. We are in the Black Hills and hope that you come see us some time.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

If you are seeing Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse it is just a little further south to the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, which has several inexpensive hotels ( Stay USA was my choice). This a real, on-going dig with a building built over the 150 foot site that is a 65 feet deep excavation, where you see real bones in place as they are found. So far they have found 61 mamoths which fell into a water filled sink hole. Guides are knowledgeable, exhibits are good and the gift shop has neat stuff that is not over priced. Hot Springs is less crowded than near Mount Rushmore.

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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2014

TrekkerSue: Thanks for taking the time to come down to Hot Springs and specifically visit us. We (Hot Springs) is a lot calmer and laid back than when you are up in the central hills. Thanks again for writing your review.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

It was awesome to actually see the REAL bones the the ground. The story around how this place gathered Mammoths is so interesting. It is a great place to take your family and the extraordinary care the people digging these bones take. It was a very good decision to take a detour and visit this site!

Thank CYang2013
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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2014

DearCYang2013: Thanks for visiting us and writing your review. We are rather unique in that we leave the bones in-situ (where found) so researchers and visitors alike can appreciate our discovery and research. Thanks again,

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We were based in Custer, SD for the state park, Crazy Horse, and Mount Rushmore. The Mammoth Site is well worth a visit, excellent guided tour and afterwards as much time as you need to re-view the bones and take photos, followed by the museum and gift shop. Very informative. Would be even more so if we'd have gone at a time when the palaeontologists were working. The drive from Custer is only about 40 minutes and goes past Wind Cave NP, Alternatively you can take the slightly slower road through Custer State Park. In either case it's a pretty drive with a fairly high chance of encountering deer and/or Bison on the way.

Thank ActiveRetiree64
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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2014

Dear ActiveRetiree64: Thanks for visiting us and writing your review. We are just a short distance from many of the attractions in the central Black Hills. It is a beautiful drive and many animals are to be seen. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and shared your views with Trip Advisor.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

This site was a little out of the way but so worth it. The tour was very informative and we got to take a ton of pictures. I would recommend this site for kids as well because there is a lot to see even though its all in one room. I would love to go back and see more in years to come.

Thank Sarah C
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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2014

Sara: Thanks for taking the time to come visit us and write your review. Please do come back as we are continuing to excavate and conduct our research. We have many new exhibits in 2014 and will be celebrating our 40th anniversary of discovery. Thanks again!

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