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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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Interesting - a nice surprise

Great facility, all indoors if weather is bad. Interesting video, tour and exhibit. Good for all... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
grapevynwest
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Erie, Colorado
Unique and affordable

In this area full of corporate tourist attractions, this mammoth site was a pleasant surprise. The... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
mrpetsaver
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Canmore
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dig site” (144 reviews)
“guided tour” (128 reviews)
“sink hole” (48 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
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+1 605-745-6017
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"introductory video"
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"amazing site"
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"minute tour"
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

Great facility, all indoors if weather is bad. Interesting video, tour and exhibit. Good for all ages, and who knew, wooly mammouths like hot springs too!More

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2017

Dear grapevynwest, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to The Mammoth Site. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review about your experience. The Mammoth Site is truly unique that is in active indoor working paleontological dig site and...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

In this area full of corporate tourist attractions, this mammoth site was a pleasant surprise. The admission fee was very reasonable. You get a guided tour which includes a very good 10 minute movie on the history of the site and a 20 minute tour...More

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Dear mrpetsaver, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear that you found the Site to be "unique and affordable". We are also glad that your children enjoyed it as well. We appreciate you providing feedback about...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Wasn't quite sure what to expect here, but my wife and I were definitely pleasantly surprised with how neat the mammoth site was. From the introductory movie to the guided tour to the many exhibits to the laboratory viewing area, it was all spectacular. A...More

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

Dear Mike M, We appreciate you taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad to hear that you were "pleasantly surprised" and found everything to be "spectacular". We appreciate the feedback our visitors provide about their experience at the Site. We hope...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We had the guided tour, though you can do a self-guided tour if you choose. The guide, though, can point out all the numbered flags and explain what each part of the exhibit is. It's very educational: the guide explains the difference between wooly mammoths...More

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2017

Greetings elizarenn, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate the feedback our visitors provide about their experience. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your guided tour and found the museum to be "very educational". We hope you will...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2017

It is a real mammoth site not artificial, and there is a very nice lady that did the tour with wonderful information, you can see as well some staff working on the bones. the little museum is nice as well.

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Dear FreeAdventurer, Thank you for reviewing The Mammoth Site. We appreciate the feedback our visitors provide about their experience at the Site. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and the rest of the museum. We hope you will visit us again someday!

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Great place for the science buff and non-science buff alike! The building is built over the site so everything you see inside is 100% real and in the earth! You can walk all around on the walk ways looking over the site and see actual...More

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Greetings chachamatina, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate the feedback from our visitors. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and found the Site to be a "Fantastic Learning Experience". We hope you will come back to visit...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2017

In 1974 at the southwestern edge of Hot Springs, South Dakota, mammoth bones were surprisingly uncovered while bulldozing a site for construction. Excavation began immediately, and a protective building was soon erected when it became apparent that this was a massive and spectacular deposit of...More

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Greetings ColoradoJAK, Thank you for taking the time to write such a descriptive review of The Mammoth Site. We appreciate your feedback that you have provided about your experience and "highly recommending" The Mammoth Site to others. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is a small little place barely off the main drag of Hot Springs. It's pretty cool that there are tons of mammoth skeletons well excavated so that you can see their outlines. The guided tour could be worth it, I don't know because I...More

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2017

Greetings sdurkin24, We are sorry to hear that you didn't have enough time to take the guided tour but we are glad to hear that you found the self-guided to be "sufficient". We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback about your experience at...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The gift shop had really low and reasonable prices then what we are used to in other gift shops! Although the woman at the cash register was grumpy and unpleasant! I believe her name was Mary! What they call the bone bed was quite enjoyable!...More

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate hearing feedback from our visitors. We take our reviews very seriously and use them as training tools for our staff. We apologize for your unpleasant encounter with one of our staff...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2017

This was such a find! My 7 & 9 year old boys had a great time on the fossil dig and they are still talking about the spear throwing class! I was amazed by the quality of fossils and the information I learned at this...More

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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2017

Greetings KM, Thank you for your review of The Mammoth Site. We appreciate hearing the feedback from our visitors. We are glad to hear that your children enjoyed the Atlatl Class and that your family was also "amazed by the information at the Site". We...More

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NatalieWood1951
14 April 2018|
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Response from mammothtoo | Property representative |
Greetings Natalie, The Mammoth Site offers summer programs for children starting June 1st - August 15th. The Junior Paleontologist Excavation – ages 4 through 12 When: four times daily (10am, 11am, 2pm & 3pm) June 1... More
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JeanneKachow
31 August 2017|
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Response from mammothtoo | Property representative |
Greetings, Thank you for your inquiry our prices are as follows: Adults: $10.14 + tax Seniors 60+: $8.29 + tax Active Military & Veterans: $7.37 + tax Children 4-12: $7.37 + tax Children 3 and Under: Free We hope... 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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