'The Mammoth Site Cache' is a virtual cache in located on the southwest edge of Hotsprings, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The collection of many dinosaur bones were discovered in 1974 by a bulldozer operator, during leveling and excavation operations for a local housing project. Through careful excavation, it was found that the site discovered was actually the top of a 26,000 year old spring fed sinkhole, where Columbian and Woolly mammoths came to drink and for warmth. The sinkhole was a warm water spring in which some of the visiting creatures slipped in and found themselves trapped. After becoming exhausted while trying to escape, they eventually died and their skeletons became wonderfully preserved in the spring sediment. Research and exploration of the site continues, as it is now contained with in a large building- that is the visitors center. The visitor's center has a picnic area, many exhibits, exploring activities for adults and kids. Inside the tour starts with a short movie about the site and leads in to the area where the you can see the fossiles for yourselves. For more information on activites, digs or special events- call the visitors center at 605-745-6017, or check out their web page at www.mammothsite.com
To log this cache as a found you must either:
- Post (to your found log) a photo of you or members of your team (with your GPS in hand) standing in front of one of the exhibits or Mammoth skeletons
- Or as you first walk in, you will see a large skeleton of a Mammoth. At the base of the display is a wooden plaque. What is the type and name of the Mammoth on display? Email us at (TeamFamilyAffair@hotmail.com) the correct answer in order to log the cache as found.
We hope you enjoy this cache as much as we did creating it!
-Team Family Affair