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    by apbeaches Updated Aug 25, 2008

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    The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota is the world’s largest mammoth research facility where you can tour an active paleontological dig site and view Ice Age fossils exhibited as they are found. We traveled back to the time when Ice Age mammoth, camel, and giant short-faced bear roamed the Great Plains of North America. We saw the 60 foot deep sinkhole that was a deathtrap for hundreds of animals.

    Open year round, the Mammoth Site offers the museum visitor a 30 minute guided tour plus a 10 minute video. Tour information features the Mammoth Site and Ice Age geology, paleontology, and paleoecology. Today, visitors to the museum observe first-hand a scientific excavation. Molly our guide was informative, funny, and provided hands on participation for children.

    During the month of July, Earthwatch volunteers, under the direction of Dr. Larry Agenbroad, excavate, identify and study the Ice Age fossils. In the basement we were able to watch and questions volunteers cleaning fossils.

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    by apbeaches Updated Aug 25, 2008

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    The Natural Entrance Cave Tour includes a visit to the natural entrance of Wind Cave where saw where the cave was discovered and learn how it got its name. We entered the cave through a man-made entrance, down an elevator where we journeyed through the middle level of the cave. Wind Cave's famous boxwork is abundant throughout this trip. Most of the 300 stairs along this route are downhill. This moderately strenuous one-half mile tour lasts 1¼ hours and exits the cave by elevator. This tour is offered year-round. Ticket prices: $9 for adults 17 & over. $4.50 for children 6-16 and free for children 5 and under.

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    by 807Wheaton Written Sep 21, 2009

    When we finished up at the Mammoth Site we drove back through the tiny town of Hot Springs. We parked downtown and walked to the China Buffet. They had a lunch buffet for $6.99 so we ate there. They had most of the usual beef, chicken and pork stir-fry type dishes with rice or noodles. They did not have any fresh fruit or dessert. We did not order a drink.

    Favorite Dish: I had a bit of everything, so I didn't really have a favorite but I thought this was a good place to eat in an area that is very limited with shops and stores.

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    by apbeaches Written Aug 25, 2008

    The chips were warm & the salsa was fresh. The soft tacos & enchiladas were adequate. Serevice was friendly & attentive. They tried to create a Mexican ambiance & even had chatkas for sale. Portions were large, prices were reasonable & we were in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

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    by kim83_50158 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: You have to spend time at Evans Plunge. It's an indoor/outdoor pool, but it's not a typical pool. It's heated by the hot springs-hence the name. There are slides and other stuff-and it's so nice and warm. The outdoor slide is fun, too. There are rocks on the bottom, too, but they're bigger, nothing that can cut or hurt you. And there's plenty of chlorine so it's very, very sanitary.

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