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The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD, Hot Springs

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The largest working paleontological site, The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD has unearthed nearly 70 Woolly and Columbian mammoths. The remains of 85 other species from the Ice Age have been discovered here as well. Your visit begins with a short video describing the history and discovery of the site, followed by a 30-minute guided tour. After the tour, explore the Ice Age Exhibit Hall. Windows into the paleontology lab give you a peek into the process of uncovering these remains. For more information on geology, mammoths, or the people and animals that lived during the Ice Age, catch one of the many short films shown throughout the museum. Put The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD and other Hot Springs attractions into our Hot Springs itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Love to see all the fossils! At lease 23000 years fossils. Great education trip for kids. Both adults and kids learn quite a bit!i would definitely recommend this site.  more »
  • My teenagers were a little bored. We walked through it pretty quickly. We had the whole place to ourselves. We did not take the guided tour, think maybe we should have  more »
  • I have visited this site about 6 times over the years, and it is always great! The site is constantly changing, as it is a live dig. Kids of all ages love this place! They start you off in a theatre v...  more »
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  • We drove a long way to visit this site and we were very glad we did. We paid a little extra for the kids to be able to "dig" for mammoth bones like the professionals. That was a lot of fun for them and I recommend it for children 12 and under. The mammoth site itself was surprisingly large. The film that leads up to seeing the actual site was very helpful. The fact that these are all actual bones and not fossils is pretty rare and amazing. The staff is mixed with very knowledgeable college interns and full time employees. The entire facility is well maintained and clean. Expect to spend a few hours and less than $75 for family of four.
  • The walkway up to the building is lined with large rocks and informative signs about the geology of the area. The short movie shown inside, before the start of the tour, is enjoyable and interesting. The dig site is impressive! It is a large excavation full of remarkably well-preserved bones in situ. Our young tour guide did an admirable job of explaining the various highlights of the dig. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have a longer, more in-depth tour. Perhaps that is something that can be offered in the future.
  • History, prehistoric creatures (or fossils), and unique experiences are all things I enjoy, and this site does not disappoint any of the 3. If you are in any way interested in this type of attraction, you will be glad you took the tour. The (indoor) dig site is incredible, and the price is reasonable and worth the stop if you are near Hot Springs.
  • Yeah this was worth it. Kids loved it. No fidgeting at any point even from our seven-year- old which proves he was enthralled. Everyone in the family loved the whole thing.
  • If you are interested in natural world or have kids who are...bring them here. This place was so awesome. I got a tour from Jake who answered almost every detailed question I asked. Passing scientists answered the others and we got into a fascinating discussion with a scientist regarding the extinct short-faced bear. I learned more in an hour than I would have from a college class. BTW..the reason for short-faced bear extinction still mysterious.