The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs in South Dakota does not get as much buzz as the other attractions in the State. When I first heard about it and the mammoth fossil excavation that is ongoing, I thought it was fake. But when I was inside the building and saw the real work happening, I was excited to see history being revealed right before your eyes.
According to the website, the Mammoth Site is an “active paleontological dig site that boasts the largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world!” Currently, the mammoth count is 61, with 58 Columbian and 3 woolly mammoths discovered.
Tours are offered.
While waiting for the guided tour to start, enjoy the vast displays in the lobby. There is also a 7-minute video that you can watch that will give you an idea of the history of the site.
The mammoth fossils.
How the mammoths were trapped.
The story reads that 26,000 years ago, large Columbian and woolly mammoths were trapped and died in a spring-fed pond. These are their bones, still intact and complete. The diggers kept them to the location where they were found.
How big is a mammoth?
Discovered in 1974.
Not just mammoths.
The museum contains more interesting items.
Enjoy the outside too.
The site is about 1 hour drive from Mount Rushmore and quite isolated from the other Blackhills attractions. However, I would highly recommend you pay the site a visit. You will not regret it.
Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Phone Number: 605 745 6017
Seniors 60+: $9.00
Children 4-12: $8.00
Children 3 and Under: Free
Open 7 Days A Week.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last Guided Tour at 4:00 p.m.