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Waco Mammoth National Monument, Waco

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The Waco Mammoth National Monument is a paleontological site and museum in Waco, Texas, United States where fossils of 24 Columbian mammoths (Mammuthus columbi) and other mammals from the Pleistocene Epoch have been uncovered. The site is the largest known concentration of mammoths dying from a (possibly) reoccurring event, which is believed to have been a flash flood. The mammoths on site did not all die at the same time but rather during three separate events in the same area. A local partnership developed around the site after the initial bone was discovered. The Waco Mammoth Foundation worked in partnership with the city of Waco and Baylor University to develop the site. Baylor's involvement mainly included the research, preservation, and storage of materials from the site, while the city of Waco contributed to the protection of the land. In 2015, they successfully sought the National Monument designation to bring the expertise of the National Park Service into the partnership.
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  • It was an excellent experience visiting the park. Impressive discovery and super acknowledged by those who found the fossils. It's a nice tour to do in Waco. I recommend it. 
    It was an excellent experience visiting the park. Impressive discovery and super acknowledged by those who found the fossils. It's a nice tour to do in Waco. I recommend it.  more »
  • This is a great learning opportunity for everyone. We did the self guided tour and it was perfect as we only had a certain amount of time to spend there. The guided tour was going on as we walked... 
    This is a great learning opportunity for everyone. We did the self guided tour and it was perfect as we only had a certain amount of time to spend there. The guided tour was going on as we walked...  more »
  • Close to downtown Waco. May have trouble finding Uber to and from. Takes only about an hour to read info, hike mini trails(1/4 mi), and look around. Gift shop has lots of stuff for kids and a huge... 
    Close to downtown Waco. May have trouble finding Uber to and from. Takes only about an hour to read info, hike mini trails(1/4 mi), and look around. Gift shop has lots of stuff for kids and a huge...  more »
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  • Great experience! Very informative tour and the climate controlled dig site was a treat from the heat! The gift shop items were reasonably priced and there is an activity tent for the kids and a sand box where kids can dig for their own fossils. I recommend bringing them in sandals and an extra set of clothes for afterwards. They also have a hiking trail you can do. Beautiful place to visit!
  • Interesting and impressive. It is a good opportunity to see how the archeologists find the bones. The ticket includes a guided tour, it is recommended to take it, because, guide give us a clear explanation about the place, and if you have questions they are open to answer. In my opinion the place needs more information to read, but with the guided visit you don’t need that. The place doesn’t have extra exhibitions, just the mammoth site, so the visit won’t be long. But there are path that you can walk if you want to stay longer and appreciate local scenery. Don’t forget bring your water and mosquito repellent.
  • Okay so bathrooms only available near the parking lot. It’s not a far walk to the place. I have a 3 because I just was expecting it to be more educational. Kid friendly. There’s a sand digging box at the top near parking lot. Paths are paved & easy. No wait on a weekend. Buy tickets up front that they do check for before you can see the bones. I also thought there’d be more bones in one location but each one was not individually marked so it was hard to tell where all 22 were.
  • It was unfortunate circumstances that brought me to this area of Waco (final services at a nearby funeral home), but my wife found this on the map along our way. Our two boys are young enough that this was an amazing break on our trip. Actually, I thought it was just as awesome! The staff was among the most professional and friendly of any park I’ve ever visited. The trail to the site is short and a beautiful walk beneath the trees. Pretty need find a little out of the way, but worth the visit.
  • Very informative place to visit. Didn't know Mammoths existed in this area. Was worth the few dollars to get in. The staff was great. Very friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. Heck even the weedwhacker guy stopped doing what he was doing and let us walk by not to disturb us. Thank You!

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