Mammoth Site

1800 US18 Bypass
Hot Springs, SD

The world's largest mammoth research facility is located in Hot Springs, South Dakota. This working paleontological site/museum 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.

For an additional fee, visitors (ages 4 and older) can also participate in Ice-Age hands on educational programs June 1-Aug 15.

Summer Educational Programs Include:


The Mammoth Site Atlatl  or spear-throwers, have been found across the world. In this class participants will learn what an atlatl is, why it was used, and how humans and Ice Age animals, like mammoths, interacted. Participants will then get to try their hand at throwing darts using atlatls. This class is for participants 8 and older. Closed toe shoes required.

Junior Paleontologist Excavations designed for ages 4-12 and allows up to 8 children to become a Junior Paleontologist while they dig for fossil replicas. This one hour class is available June 1-August 15. Sessions are 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm daily June and July. 11 am only August 1-15th. Reservations recommended.

Advanced Paleontological Excavation is for ages 10 and older and allows 8 participants to learn proper excavation techniques, bone identification and how to map and jacket a bone. A guardian is required to stay with participants 16 yrs. and younger. This one hour fifteen minute program is available June 1-August 15th. Reservations recommended.

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.

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. A guardian must accompany children ages 16 and under to educational programs and are required to purchase admission to the Mammoth Site.

Mammoth Site is open daily year round; educational programs summer only.
CLOSED Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter

May 15 - Aug 15: 8:00 am-8:00 pm, Last Tour at 7:00 pm

Aug 16 - Aug 31: 8:00 am-6:00 pm, last tour at 5:00 pm

Sept 1 - Oct 31: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Nov 1 - Feb 28: 9:00 am-3:30 pm M-Sat. 11:00-3:30 pm Sunday

March 1 - May 14: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Last tour of the day is 1 hour before closing time.

*Please note: All children ages 16 and under must be under adult supervision at all times while visiting the Mammoth Site. 

COVID-19 Update: All tours are self-guided using a phone app. New signage in the bonebed will help guide guests.

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