Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Hot Springs
Categories: Geologic Formations, Landmarks, Museums, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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This is a first-rate facility for a specialized interest in mammoth bones. The price of admission includes an introductory film, a guided tour, and time to roam around the actual site along with a wel... read more »
Due to the time of year, they weren't very busy. Earl was our tour guide. He knew his material, but almost too much. Too often he sounded too much like a tape recorder at fast speed and too often he s... read more »
There is a short movie at the beginning of the tour that is well done and explains the history and discovery of the sinkhole site. You may choose a self-guided or tour guided tour of the site. We chos... read more »
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.
This was a cool educational experience. I mean that literally - we went in the winter and it was cold in there. Aside from the temperature, we had a great time learning about the mammoths.
My favorite part was when our tour guide pointed out the spot were he was digging. Just a great mix of active paleontology and education center. My kids got a little bored (10 and under) but even they had a ton of questions after the tour. Probably best for middle school kids and older.
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