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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 good site to checkout for paleontology enthusiasts

I made a half day trip south of Mt Rushmore to check out the Mammoth site. Its pretty cool, nice... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Eric E
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Santa Monica, California, United States
Fascinating

Our senior citizen group was amazed at this exhibit. None them even knew it existed. It was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
aspenbc
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Whitehouse, Texas
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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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  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
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Reviewed yesterday

I made a half day trip south of Mt Rushmore to check out the Mammoth site. Its pretty cool, nice too that it is all indoors which can help greatly if you are in this area during the hot summer months. It was a bit...More

Thank Eric E
Reviewed yesterday

Our senior citizen group was amazed at this exhibit. None them even knew it existed. It was fascinating. Even though it is a walking tour, it is easy for everyone to do. They provide headphone sets so that everyone can hear every word. The young...More

Thank aspenbc
Reviewed yesterday

Incredible location in which you can see fossils of upwards of 60 mammoths. Bones and tusks...fossils still in the ground. Fossils plastered for lifting and removal for further study. Archaeologists at work. This is a living museum...if you can use the term "living" when speaking...More

Thank annette589
Reviewed 4 days ago

I've brought groups of high school age students here and they all loved it! I just was there for my 4th time and every time there is new information to learn. The guides are all helpful, knowledgable and good with all ages of visitors. Highly...More

Thank Scampbell135
mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Scampbell135, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you and your students enjoyed your recent visit to the Site. We are glad you found the "guides to be helpful and knowledgeable". Thank you for recommending the Site...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

You will not want to miss this tremendous attraction. Take a step back in time. Pay the little extra (senior and military discounts apply) and take a guided tour rather than the wireless guided system. This gives an opportunity to ask questions. We were very...More

Thank hd452016
mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Greetings hd452016, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you found the Site to be an "absolute must for the entire family". We appreciate your feedback and we hope you will have the opportunity to visit us again...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took a tour here. The required tour lasts about 45 minutes. They give you headsets to listen to your guide. Very informative. My 4 year old granddaughter listened intently the whole time. She had a great time. As we all did.

Thank sharon s
mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Sharon, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you and your granddaughter enjoyed your experience at the Site. We hope you will be able to visit us again someday!

Reviewed 5 days ago

I was excited to stop at this place. I am not huge into Dinosaurs, but to see fossils from Mammoth's from millions of years ago right in front of us, it was amazing! I really wish people would have been working in the pit when...More

Thank Baseballgirl1975
mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Greetings Baseballgirl1975, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and found it to be "amazing". We appreciate your feedback and we hope you will have the chance to visit us again someday!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to introduce kids to a little geology/archaeology. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and willing to answer lots of questions (from kids and adults alike). The staff have a good sense of humor considering the dry subject, and that is...More

Thank enstrim
mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear enstrim, Thank you for the five star review of The Mammoth Site. We are glad you found "the guides to be very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions". We are glad you enjoyed your overall experience at the Site and we hope you will...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

So cool to see an actual dig site. I'm so grateful that they made the decision to leave some of the remains in-situ for educational purposes. We learned a lot about the history of the site, how digs are performed, and about mammoths.

1  Thank Batmancop
mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Greetings Batmancop, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you found the Site to be "really cool". We are glad you enjoyed your overall visit and we hope to see you again someday!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the tour! You will get to see a dig in progress with actual Mammoth tusks and bones. Fascinating! Our guide, Joshua, a high school student, was excellent. So interesting. Makes you want to go out and explore the Black Hills and Badlands in search...More

1  Thank feltsoul
mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Greetings feltsoul, Thank you for your review of The Mammoth Site. We are glad you enjoyed your guided tour with Joshua. We are glad you found The Mammoth Site to be "educational and totally worth it". We appreciate your feedback and we hope you will...More

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mirraFlorida
25 September 2016|
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Response from Karen S | Reviewed this property |
Very accessible and enlightened guides wo attend to the needs of all.
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Response from phrogster | Reviewed this property |
There are signs that say you can park in the Super 8 motel parking lot which is almost directly across the street. The day I was there, parking was fine when I arrived but it was pretty full when I left although there were... More
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Cari P
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Response from Donna A | Reviewed this property |
We did not go to Cosmo so can not do a comparison. However, the Mammoth site is fascinating. You stand behind a railing surrounding a huge pit in the ground where the tour leader points out the hundreds of exposed bones... More
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