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“Dig It”

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than 62 Columbian & woolly mammoths have been unearthed, as well as over 85 other species of associated Ice Age fauna. Hands-on activities for children, an educational experience for the entire family. One of the top fossil interpretive sites in North America. Open year-round. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. New Learning Center opened May 2015, two new 53-seat theaters, universally accessible walkways, new HD Introductory video, New Digital TourGuide system.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We visited the mammoth site in the off season in the middle of the week. This world class archeological site is well worth the visit. The 10 minute orientation film really prepares you for the guided tour of the actual dig. This is an active dig so new stuff is found regularly. This is a great place for kids.

Thank spiritwheels
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2017

Greetings spiritwheels,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you found the Site to be a "great place for kids". The Mammoth Site is truly unique that it is an indoor working paleontological dig site and Accredited Museum. We appreciate the feedback you have provided about your experience at the Site and we hope you will visit us again someday!

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Spend some time here and learn thing you may not have thought of. This was a site for new building but when digging bones were found. The property owner saw the historic valve and stopped. Much history to be learned from here. Take the guided tour and then look around after that. Open your mind to the past.

Thank Steven H
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Dear Steven H,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you found the Site to be a "great place for adults and children". Thank you for recommending the Site to others and we hope you will visit us again someday!

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Other than a museum, this facility brings you closer to an actual late Ice Age dig site with ongoing research and educational programs. The 30 minute guided tour with an informative and friendly docent is indoors. Actually saw a young paleontologist working carefully at the site and another in the downstairs laboratory window! A small gift shop is also there.

Thank NateaBar
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Greetings NateaBar,

We appreciate your feedback about your recent visit to The Mammoth Site. We are glad you enjoyed your guided tour and the rest of your visit. Thank you for taking the time to review the Site and we hope you will have the opportunity to visit us again someday!

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

This site is a gem of an actual ongoing dig for ancient mammoths. A museum has been built around the burial pit and several almost complete skeletons are exposed, preserved in their original medium and location. An accessible walkway runs around the entire dig allowing visitors to view the dig from many vantage points. An interpretive guide explains all. Well worth a visit. And the drive back (To Custer) through Wind cave national park has loads more bison to view. A bonus!

Thank GreatLakeNomads
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Dear GreatLakeNomads,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We are glad you found the Site to "be a gem". We appreciate your feedback about your recent visit and we are glad you enjoyed your guided tour. We hope you will have the chance to visit the Site again someday!

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Tour of the pit (a filled in ancient sinkhole that trapped many animals who could not escape the steep sides) was good, and fully priced but not too unreasonable. Active archeological site and a record collection of bones, etc. All bones stay on the site, but replicas are provided to other sites. Look for coupons in many tourist brochures for the area which are good for "a geological specimen" from the site--silt swept away from the specimens. They give tourists a souvenir and dispose of the "waste" product of the dig at the same time, but it is a nice souvenir. As one who buys lots of books, many prices seemed tenfold. Postcards were $3. Pressed pennies $1.

Thank TravelFan34602
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mammothtoo, Public Relations Manager at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Dear TravelFan34602,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Mammoth Site. We appreciate your feedback you have provided about your recent experience at the Site. We hope you will have a chance to visit us again someday!

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