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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Ranked #1 of 20 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 October 7, 2013

A great place, The site is not even complete, people are still working here to discover more bones. A good guide, and a perfect systeme with telephones so everybody could hear the explanations.
We loved it.

Thank adrianaBrasschaat
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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

Thanks for writing your review and visiting us. Yes, we continue to excavate (mainly in the month of July). It is hard to believe that the site was discovered 40 years ago this June. We have come along ways and have "mammoth" plans for our future. People like you, who visit and write positive reviews really help us plan and continue our efforts in support of our mission.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

The hot tub(s) are right inside of a little room that is not in a very relaxing place as there are people constantly walking by gawking at you. I expected that the hot springs would be a little more natural raher than a big pool and 2 hot tubs. Geared mostly for the kids in the pool. So if youre wanting to chill and relax, its not going to happen here.

Thank 875Angela
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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2013

I was really shocked to see we were rated a 2!!! Upon further review, our staff want me to tell them where I have secretly placed the hot tub. You really know how to get a person in hot water!!!

My guess is that you intended to write about Evans Plunge rather than The Mammoth Site!!

I hope that you visited us and had a better experience.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

This is an working archaeological site! Volunteers were brushing away to find mammoth bones as we toured. The bones have not petrified and I believe it may the only site (at least in US) where this has occurred. It is interesting for all ages. The price to tour was very reasonable and well worth it.

Thank jdck
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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

Thanks for writing your review and visiting us. We are a paleontological site/museum, we have no evidence of the fossils being associated with humans, thus paleontological versus archeological. We have recently received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and are proud to be in the 5.8% of museums who have attained this sought after recognition.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

A chance to see an "in situ" site where the bones are actually being excavated right in front of you. The history of this area plus the exhibits on the show room floor only added to the work being done here. Our guide presented information at each station over "phones" and always asked if we had a question at the end of each station we visited. People were then able to visit the workshop in the basement where bones that had been removed were being processed.
The reproduction of the "short-faced bear" (now extinct) and comparison of the different bear skulls in size was most interesting, along with the life-size model of the early house constructed of mammoth bones and hides.
Don't forget to take your camera!!

Thank Susan H
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mammothtoo, General Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

Thanks for visiting us and writing your review. We are pleased that you took the extra time to see other exhibits and the lab in the basement. We are so much more than just the in-situ exhibit. We use the research to provide an interpretive/educational experience for visitors of all ages.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

This place was incredible! It's all indoors, so no worries about the weather. It houses an original and ongoing dig site of a sinkhole full of ancient mammals, including several mammoths. The bones are so close you could (but of course, you wouldn't) reach out and touch them. Some of the bones are individual, but some of them are nearly complete skeletons, left exactly the way the animal fell into the pit thousands of years ago. The tour guide tells the story of the discovery of the site and the ongoing digging work. In the basement, you can see the lab where scientists are actively finding and cataloging new bones. It's such a small site, but so much wonder to behold!

Thank Sara H
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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 visit us and write your review. We are pretty excited to share our research with visitors like you. Being indoors not only allows for visitors to appreciate it, but also our volunteers and staff who do their work in the bonebed. Thanks again,

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