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The Mammoth Site

1800 US 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747 USA

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Reviewed by
chloe.jones.167

  • 4 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
June 19, 2014

Pretty low-key tourist site $10 per adult admission (6/2014) for the tour. You can also learn how to use an atlatl. The coolest thing is that the Mammoth bones are all in situ.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Sam

  • 16 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
September 19, 2019
Rated 5.0

One of the highlights of our trip! What's with the 3 star ratings?? This place was amazing! $12 a person (09/2019) and sooooo worth it! We went on a guided tour which was unexpected but so helpful! They start you in a small movie theater room for a 10 minute clip on the history and then take you into the dig site. An active dig site I might add! You walk around the site learning tons and visually seeing history stuck in the ground. After the guided tour, you are free to roam around and take your time looking and taking pictures. There is even a elevator to the basement where you can see them at work and nice sized gift shop that I wanted to spend too much money at! Lol Five freaking stars all the way!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Julie

  • 21 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
June 27, 2018
Rated 5.0

This was the highlight of our trip for the kids. Ben was our guide, teaching our kids how to dig up bones. Then we entered the massive live dig site. It was amazing! Over 60 mammoth fossils! You won’t be disappointed visiting this archeological dig site which is actively in use.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Murray 123

  • 34 Reviews
  • 26 Helpful
June 14, 2017

Check their hours before you plan to visit: it literally changes month to month almost. Some days they're open until 9pm, other days they close at 3:30.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Hapiphant

  • 5 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
August 16, 2015
Rated 4.0

Had an enjoyable time here. The tour guides are knowledgable and thorough. Seeing the bones in situ is a stirring sight. Reasonably priced and enjoyable for both adults and children.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roadtripper821354

  • 7 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 05, 2020
Rated 5.0

It is very nicely taken care of place and interesting since it hasn't been moved and exact location to where they were found. Shows what 45 years of digging looks like. My 13 year old wasn't super interested in it...they have a free tour if you bring your phone and a pair of earbuds. I liked it and would have spent way more time listening to the tour.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jarednicholson

  • 16 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 22, 2017
Rated 4.0

Fun educational stop that is just long enough.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roadtripper484350

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 20, 2021
Rated 5.0

Perfect for kids. Compared to other fossil/Dino sites it is a great one. Recommend signing kids up for the paleontology session a few days before, sells out day if. Extended summer hours until 8pm.

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Reviewed by
jenniemcdonald

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 14, 2021
Rated 5.0

Was headed to the Agate fossil beds and thought we would stop in here real quick and WOW. Glad we did. The kids learned so much and we parents did as well.
RV parking for BIG RIGS is limited but they allow RV parking overflow at the Hotel 8 and their is a walking path to get to the building.
Very glad we stopped.

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Reviewed by
WeLovett

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 26, 2021
Rated 4.0

Neat and interesting archaeological dig site open to tourists. The site does a nice job of education and storytelling through a pre-entry video and a self-guided tour book. Kids can interact and help dig as well ($). Clean restrooms and normal gift shop. Shady lawn near parking lot has picnic tables and a good view of the valley below.

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The Mammoth Site

1800 US 18 Bypass
Hot Springs, South Dakota
57747 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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