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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Hot Springs
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The largest working paleontological site, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs 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 Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and other Hot Springs attractions into our Hot Springs itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • To be allowed to visit and view an archaeological sight and learn about animals and rocks from hundreds of millions of years ago is an educational treat for young and old. How the animals lived and di...  more »
  • This is an actively working excavation site where 61 Columbian and Wooly Mammoths fell into a sink hole. We took the tour and visited the museum. Great stop headed south from Mount Rushmore. 
  • We visited in June, 2015 but that date was not available on the list. We were with our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters 6 & 4 who are very interested and knowledgeable about prehistoric animals...  more »
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  • What a cool experience! I knew nothing about Mammoths. I have lived in California my whole life and had to move to South Dakota just to learn that they have discovered Pygmy Mammoths on the Channel Islands off the coast of California. Who would have guessed? I was very impressed with the self-guided tour we took, it was fascinating. We will be back again this summer and maybe even try to volunteer on one of their dig days.
  • Highly recommend this stop if you're near Mt Rushmore. The excavation exhibit is well worth seeing and learning about. Real bones that have not been taken out. They are not plasters and replicated. The guides were great. We paid extra to let our kids dig on a special site and they had a great time. All the interns are very knowledgeable.
  • We had a great time here. The staff is wonderful. A special hats off to Justin. He took extra time out of his busy day to talk to my son about Geology and helped him with some of three requirements for his Geology merit badge. Thanks again guys......YOU ROCK!!!!
  • Would Definitely recommend seeing this site. It's for all ages, they have some great young guys and gals as there guides and I might add they do an excellent job. I can't say enough about the fun and educational information you will get to see and learn. I highly highly recommend you go see for your self.
  • small place but huge in terms of importance and coolness. Rachel , the smoking hot guide, was great. tour was worth the $10 bucks. Well worth a stop.