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The Mammoth Site

1800 Byp US-18, Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747 USA

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Reviewed by
Murray 123

  • 34 Reviews
  • 28 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.

6 people found this review helpful

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
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
mdawne2

  • 16 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 19, 2021
Rated 3.0

In active dig site, yet it was not actively being dug when we were there. My kids didn’t get to do any hands-on archaeology digging except in the kids room, which they said was lame. They give you a book and you can take yourself on the tour. Unless your kids get to take part in the active archaeology digging, it is way too expensive for what it is.

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Reviewed by
Ed Abby Horn

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 05, 2021
Rated 5.0

We’re pleasantly surprised at how clean, professional and educational it was! Self guided tour with the $12 (adult) entrance fee. The mammoth bones were amazing! This is not a tourist trap - interesting active dig site.

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Reviewed by
jenniemcdonald

  • 10 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 26, 2021
Rated 5.0

Make the stop! Awesome learning experience for kids and adults. Had we been there before 11am we would have done the teen+ archeologists experience, only happens once a day so have to be there early. One of my kids may become an archeologists because of this visit, shoot, I may retire as an archeologists!!!! 😁🥰😁

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The Mammoth Site

1800 Byp US-18
Hot Springs, South Dakota
57747 USA

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