Waco, Texas: Waco Mammoth Site - Indoor Boneyard

A big pit filled with half-excavated mammoth bones is now sealed within in an air-conditioned pavilion. Elevated walkways allow you to study the prehistoric carnage in comfort.
Address:
6220 Steinbeck Bend Rd, Waco, TX
Directions:
Northwest of the city. I-35 exit 335C. Turn west onto MLK Jr. Blvd and drive around four miles. The Mammoth Site will be on the left, about one mile past Lakeshore Drive.
Hours:
T-F 11 am - 5 pm, Sa 9 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
254-750-7946
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Mammoth bones. Waco Mammoth Site - Indoor Boneyard

Probably the coolest part of our trip! This place is worth a stop if you're into fossils. Of all places, it's amazing to think that there are mammoth fossils here!

[norma beez, 04/02/2013]
Fossil dig. Waco Mammoth Site

Waco Mammoth Site was much more than the original description. New facility Opened in 12/09.

It is a place for a whole family learning adventure. Basically new everything but what they are digging up. New pavement, entrance, parking lot for cars and RVs. New Visitor Center. Dig sight is enclosed and climate-controlled. One-on-one tour guide if you like. Can not say enough good things about the attraction.

[Dennis McGill from Ednond, OK, 07/24/2010]
Waco Mammoth Site

The Waco Mammoth Site sits in a 100-plus acre stretch of wooded parkland along the Bosque River and provides a glimpse into the lives of Columbian mammoths. The first bones at site were discovered in 1978, and Baylor University staff, students and volunteers spent countless hours excavating the site during the past 30 years.

The Waco Mammoth Site opened to the public at the end of 2009 and includes a naturally lit dig shelter that creates an atmosphere of an art gallery; a suspended walkway provides a stunning overhead view of the mammoths.

The Welcome Center includes a gift shop and a ticket counter.

[Kristy Long, 03/16/2010]
Indoor boneyard. Waco Mammoth Site - Indoor Boneyard

Female remains and tusks are visible at the Waco Mammoth Site.

[Meghan, 01/25/2010]
Waco Mammoth Site - Indoor Boneyard

In the murky mists of prehistory, dozens of mammoths -- big proto-elephants -- died in one spot next to Bosque River. No one knows why. Scientists began to excavate the site, and as they dug up more and more bones they eventually built a pavilion around their increasingly deep and wide mammoth pit.

The digging has gone on since 1978, and although the pit is right next to a housing development and a golf course, the Waco Mammoth Site was kept hidden from the public until 2009, when it opened as an attraction. The pavilion is now air conditioned. It has elevated walkways for viewing the half-excavated bones in the pit. The success of a similarly-designed indoor mammoth boneyard in South Dakota probably provided an incentive.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 12/06/2009]

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