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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  • There aren't many places like this to visit. Sooo interesting! The orientation video is a must and does a good job of proving a lot of information about how the site was discovered and the... 
    There aren't many places like this to visit. Sooo interesting! The orientation video is a must and does a good job of proving a lot of information about how the site was discovered and the...  more »
  • this is a must see. i admire the original owner of the land and his son for realizing the value of the find and making sure that the right thing was done to preserve all of it. this is an active... 
    this is a must see. i admire the original owner of the land and his son for realizing the value of the find and making sure that the right thing was done to preserve all of it. this is an active...  more »
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  • Mammoth Site is a unique historical & scientific museum that centers on the remains of mammoths (& other creatures!) found in Hot Springs, SD. It is an active dig & research site, as well as providing an educational experience for the public. The museum has a brief video that details the history of Mammoth Site, and then there is a self-guided tour that follows each part of the dig site. While we toured, staff were working in the sinkhole with the remains. After the site, there is a small museum and a viewing area of the laboratory in the basement. Mammoth Site was family friendly, and had opportunities for children to be “paleontologists.” Grounds were nice, facilities were clean, and the gift shop had a wide variety of options. It is close-by to Wind Cave National Park. If you’re in the area, this is a unique and interesting experience!
  • 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.

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