Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD
Travel back in time to the late Ice Age at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs historical attraction. Take a 30-minute guided tour, see the remains of over 60 mammoths, walk along the edges of a sinkhole, and see endless life-life displays of various creatures from the Ice Age. Children will have the opportunity to have hands-on experiences and you can watch the scientists conducting their research through a glass wall!
In 1974, a heavy equipment operator was leveling ground for a new housing development site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. The crew got more than they bargained for with their excavating; not only did they find dirt, but they found mysterious bones. Experts were brought in to look at the bones and they began to excavate on a more archeological level. Tusks, teeth, and skull fragments were found and it was then realized that this 14-acre area was a mammoth graveyard. By the end of 1975's summer excavation, the area was made into the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD.
Today, this museum is the only late Ice Age facility of its kind in North America! Research is still done at the site and it helps to educate the entire world on paleontology and extinct animals. It's a great place to go if you love history, the natural world, or if you want to immerse your children into the world of science. Add this to your trip!
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs - Hot Springs, SD?
Most guests spend about two hours at the museum.
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
Of course! Don't forget your cameras.
- For what ages is Mammoth Site of Hot Springs - Hot Springs, SD appropriate?
This is great for all ages.
- Is parking available?
Yes, free parking is available at the location.