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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
+1 605-745-6017
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A Closeup Look Into The Past

After visiting Mount Rushmore in the morning, we had some time left in our travel day. We had... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2011
dragonfly1947
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Toledo, Ohio
Pretty cool!

If you are like me, love to learn new things, and need a little "nerd" time in your vacation, this... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2011
vzteacher
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Bangor,Maine
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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.
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

After visiting Mount Rushmore in the morning, we had some time left in our travel day. We had brochure for The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, North Dakota. It's about 50 miles South of Mount Rushmore. Now you can visit a kind of time capsule...More

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Reviewed August 24, 2011

If you are like me, love to learn new things, and need a little "nerd" time in your vacation, this is the spot for you! This was a great place to learn about the geology of the area and how the mammoths became trapped. I...More

2  Thank vzteacher
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Well worth the time. See woolly mammoth bones unearthed and partially exposed. A museum building has actually been built directly over the dig site! The tour guide was very informative and well organized. Simply amazing.

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Reviewed August 20, 2011

This place is located about fifty miles south of Rapid City and its worth the drive in order to visit it. It is an indoor excavation site. Included in the admission fee is a guided tour of the place and, following that, the visitor is...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2011

We went with a large family group. We have all traveled a lot all over the world and I was amazed at this site. It is a real paleontology site and adults and kids learned a lot. It was very unique to see so many...More

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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We visited this site so my daughter could do the Jr. Paleo dig. We learned a lot about Mammoths and had fun exploring the museum. It is a site strictly on Mammoths. Somehow from information found elsewhere we thought we would learn about dinosaurs also....More

1  Thank sara J
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

The Mammoth Site is a 'one off'. It is an on-going excavation of a unique site. The large amount of mammoth remains is astonishing and our guide was excellent. I was impressed to see a discount for 'seniors', and intend framing the 50cents I saved....More

2  Thank Steveandchristine
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

This was on our "must see" list when we were in S. Dakota, and we were not disappointed. They do a good job of explaining how the mammoths came to be buried in this area. The chance to see an ongoing dig is really pretty...More

Thank KLGri
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

Wasn't sure what to expect here ... started with difficulty with the GPS not being able to get us to the location (because a street no longer exists). Once on-site it was a short walk up to the facility which is built on top of...More

2  Thank vb22
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

I think you would kind of know where your kids were on the shallow or deep end of knowledge and be able to plan accordingly, whether you wanted to expand or deepen their thinking, or just entertain them without having to expend much effort. If...More

Thank TravT
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lkl52729910
June 10, 2018|
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Response from mammothtoo | Property representative |
Greetings Jim P, The Hot Springs KOA, Angostura State Recreation Area, Allen Ranch, Kemo Sabay Campground & Storage, and Coldbrook. You could also contact the Hot Springs Chamber and they could provide you with some more... More
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tclewis16
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The Mammoth Site Pet Policy Service animals are allowed in all areas of The Mammoth Site. Pets are also welcome to The Mammoth Site. Pets must be leashed and carried or in a carrier while visiting inside The Mammoth site... More
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tclewis16
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I am not sure if dogs are allowed in building. May want to check the site online for specifics.
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