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Our Top 10 Stops on A Fossil Road Trip


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The Mammoth Site, South Dakota
At The Mammoth Site, visitors are able to see mammoth bones that are still in situ in the Earth.
At The Mammoth Site, visitors are able to see mammoth bones that are still in situ in the Earth.
Image courtesy of The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

To make up for all that driving on the last leg of the journey, the next stop on the road trip is nice and close -- it's just a short hop to The Mammoth Site located at Hot Springs, also in South Dakota.

Here, 26,000 years ago, woolly mammoths used to drink at a spring-fed pond -- until they became trapped in a sinkhole and died.

Today, The Mammoth Site is the world's largest mammoth research facility. By following walkways through the enclosed, air-conditioned facility, visitors are able to see mammoth bones that are still in situ in the Earth. The facility also offers visitors the chance to visit a working paleontology lab and an active dig site, in addition to viewing striking reconstructions of both mammoths and other ice age mammals.


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