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Mammoth Site

Hot Springs, SD

The world's largest mammoth research facility located in Hot Springs, South Dakota is a working paleontological site/museum that contains the largest concentration of Columbian and woolly mammoths ever found in their primary context (where they died). To date 61 mammoths (58 Columbian and 3 woolly) have been discovered as well as 85 other species of animals, plants, and several unidentified insects.

Paid admission to the Mammoth Site is required for ages 4 and older. Paid admission to the Mammoth Site includes a 30 minute guided tour around the actual bone bed. Visitors may also roam through the Exhibit Hall and view the Laboratory where the fossils are prepared.


For an additional fee, visitors (ages 4 and older) can also participate in Ice-Age hands on educational programs June 1-Aug 15. A guardian must accompany children ages 16 and under to educational programs and are required to purchase admission to the Mammoth Site.


Educational programs include:

  • Junior Paleontologist Excavation is designed for ages 4-12 and allows up to 16 children to become a Junior Paleontologist while they dig for fossil replicas. This one hour class is available June 1-August 15 for $12.00. A guardian must accompany children and is required to purchase admission to the Mammoth Site.


  • Advanced Paleontological Excavation is for ages 5 and older and allows 16 participants to learn proper excavation techniques, bone identification and how to map and jacket a bone. Guardian is required to stay with participants 16 yrs. and younger. This two hour program is available June 1-July 31st for $20.00.


  • Atlatl Throwing Experience is for ages 5 and older and allows 20 participants learn an ancient paleo Indian hunting technique. They are taught the history, types and techniques of the atlatl, and practice throwing the atlatl. Guardian required to stay with participants 16 yrs. and younger. This one hour class is available June 1- August 15th for $10.



Mammoth Site is open daily year round - CLOSED Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter. May 15-Aug 15 8am-8pm, Aug 16-Aug 31 8am-6pm, Sept 1-Oct 31 9am-5pm, Nov 1-Feb 28 9am-3:30pm M-Sat. 11-3:30pm Sundays. Last tour of the day is 1 hr. before closing time. Educational programs operate June 1 - August 15.


Booking Instructions: Admission to the Mammoth Site is required for ages 4 and older. Educational programs require tour admission plus the educational fee. Fee for educational programs do not include admission to the Mammoth Site and must be booked separately. To book your educational programs, book the admission to the Mammoth Site first and then select your educational program. A Guardian must accompany children ages 16 and younger to an educational program and must pay admission to the Mammoth Site.

*Please note: All children ages 16 and under must be under adult supervision at all times while visiting the Mammoth Site.
Educational fee is not required for guardian when accompanying child. Please select the appropriate number of individuals for each activity option. Education programs are limited and must be booked in advance.

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Address

1800 US18 Bypass
PO Box 692
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Website

mammothsite.org

Email

General: dianat@mammothsite.org

Reservations: dianat@mammothsite.org
mammothsitenews@gwtc.net

Phones

Phone: 605-745-6017

Fax: 605-745-3038

Tags

Family, Family Attractions, History & Culture, Entertainment, Retail, Specialty

LAST TOUR LEAVES ONE HOUR BEFORE CLOSING

Open Year 'Round Except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter Days.

 
March 1-May14 9am-5pm Sunday-Saturday
May 15-August 15 8am-8pm Sunday-Saturday
August 16-September 1 8am-6pm Sunday-Saturday
September 2-October 31 9am-5pm Sunday-Saturday
November 1-February 28

9am-3:30pm

11am-3:30pm

Monday-Saturday

Sundays

March 1-May 14 9am-5pm

Sunday-Saturday

All prices include tax.

Ages 3 &  under - FREE

Ages 4-12 - &7.00

Ages 13 - 59 - $9.00

Ages 60 and over - $8.00

 

Group Discounts:

Schools, K-12 - $2.50

Churches, Colleges, Scouts, Elderhostel, etc - $4.34

Bus Tours - $1 off applicable age price before tax

Family Groups - 10-24 people. $.50 off applicable age price before tax. 25+ - $1.00 off

Military - $.50 off per person in party

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Attraction Category

Landmark Museum Shopping Tour

Meals Offered

Snack

Pet Policies

Working animals only

Physically Challenged Feature Code

Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled Service animals allowed on property for people with disabilities Wheelchairs available

Property Amenities

Group Friendly

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