The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Hot Springs

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The largest working paleontological site, The 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. Work out when and for how long to visit The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and other Hot Springs attractions using our handy Hot Springs trip itinerary site.
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  • This place is so neat! Very easy to navigate if you watch the short film first. An amazing display. Extremely well done. Kids would do well here (didn’t have any with me) because you can get all you.....  more
    This place is so neat! Very easy to navigate if you watch the short film first. An amazing display. Extremely well done. Kids would do well here (didn’t have any with me) because you can get all you.....  more »
  • Great museum. The 10 minute film beforehand was very helpful. It’s extra cool that it’s an active excavation - I may try to come back just to participate in the dig! 
    Great museum. The 10 minute film beforehand was very helpful. It’s extra cool that it’s an active excavation - I may try to come back just to participate in the dig!  more »
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  • If you're interested in learning about Mammoths this is a great place to go as you will be astonished by the amount of Mammoth bones in display and there is plenty of information to read. When I visited there were people actually working down in the pit uncovering new bones. They were really excited about their work and interacted with visitors. Neat for all ages.
  • 9/2020 Returned to The Mammoth Site and made my sister/her husband go with me. She couldn't understand the draw...then she went and saw it. It is such a unique place, I was thrilled to see it again and show it off to my sister during a fall pandemic trip to the Black Hills. You will love it like my skeptical sister did once she experienced it. VERY COOL! Stumbled on The Mammoth Site over 20 years ago. If I recall correctly, a motel flyer alerted us to it. The site is amazing and I still feel like I was allowed a rare experience! The in situ aspect is the real gem of the experience! I recommend it to anyone who plans to visit it the Mt. Rushmore/Custer area. I think of it with some regularity, even this many years later!!! If I am ever in SD, I will make it back again!

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