Trip Planner:   USA  /  Missouri  /  Imperial  /  Nature  /  Mastodon State Historic Site

Mastodon State Historic Site, Imperial

(4.5/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
Mastodon State Historic Site is a publicly owned, 431acre archaeological and paleontological site with recreational features in Imperial, Missouri, maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, preserving the Kimmswick Bone Bed. Bones of mastodons and other now-extinct animals were first found here in the early 19th century. The area gained fame as one of the most extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits in the country and attracted scientific interest worldwide.The site was purchased by the state in 1976 following an effort to preserve it from destruction with the construction of Interstate 55. Archaeological history was made at the site in 1979 when scientists excavated a stone spear point made by hunters of the Clovis culture (14,000–10,000 years ago) in direct association with mastodon bones. This was the first solid evidence of the coexistence of people and these giant prehistoric beasts. The Kimmswick Bone Bed was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.Activities and amenitiesA museum tells the natural and cultural story of the oldest American Indian site one can visit in the state's park system. A full-size replica of a mastodon skeleton highlights the exhibits. A picnic area, hiking trails, and a special-use campground offer chances to explore the land where the lives of Native Americans and mastodons once intertwined.
Arrange to visit Mastodon State Historic Site and other attractions in Imperial using our Imperial vacation generator.
Source
Create a full Imperial itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Imperial

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Missouri by other users

4 days in Saint Louis BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Jackson & Joplin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Kansas City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Branson BY A USER FROM CANADA April, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Kansas City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Branson BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Branson BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Saint Louis BY A USER FROM DENMARK May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Missouri BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Branson BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The last time I was here was about 35 years ago when I brought my daughter who was then 6. With the warm weather, and Presidents Day closing schools, I took my 2 grandchildren who are 10 and 6. It was...  more »
  • We've visited this state park a few times now and it has a lot of trailes and picknic areas. Their long trail is fun but hilly, with a lot of elevation change. It wore us out! The visitors center has ...  more »
  • I only did the outside area . There a lot of areas to take pictures of different wild flowers. I enjoyed walking around the area.  more »
Google
  • We loved the trail we hiked, would have been fun on a mountain bike too. The museum was small but there was a short video followed by a presentation by a very knowledgeable curator. He was great with the children and they all seemed to enjoy it as well. We didn't check out any of the picnic areas but from what we could tell, this would be a great place for any outing!
  • Easy to find, quaint, nice trail with nice people there usually jogging or walking their dog. My kids love the playground and there's enough decently shaded open area to play ball or Frisbee or whatever. I used to go when I was a kid and my kids will probably take theirs.
  • Quite interesting park with a great little museum $4. It has a full sized Mastodon skeleton. We didn't get an opportunity to walk the trails.
  • Very nice park with large playground there is a nice wooded trail. The museum is nice but it's small not allot too look at.
  • Loved bringing my dog here and spending the day with friends. There are people there on nice days, but it never seems to be too crowded. Back along the path there was a huge open field with absolutely no one in it so I was able to play fetch with my dog for hours. Beautiful park, loved wading in the creek running through it.