Waco Mammoth National Monument is open for the duration of the government shutdown. We are a partnership park, so partners will continue to operate the park normally without expenditure of federal funds. Come see us!
In our dig shelter, you will see the in situ, sub-fossil remains of 6 Columbian mammoths, and a few other Ice Age animals. Please support our preservation mission as access to the fossil bed inside the Dig Shelter is by guided tour only. Fee applies.
Yes. Our full facility is accessible via wheelchair and motorized scooter. If a member of your party needs assistance making the 300 yard walk, we have wheelchairs available, and our tour guides can carry up to three people in a golf cart if necessary.
No. Our fossils are protected inside a National Monument. Personal collecting is prohibited. If you would like to experience excavating replica fossils with our staff members, call (254) 750-7946 to inquire about tickets for our "Big Dig Class"!
About 10-15 minutes of your guided tour will take place outdoors. The remaining 20-30 minutes of your tour will take place in our climate controlled Dig Shelter.
No. Dinosaurs went extinct over 65 million years ago. The Waco Mammoths were here approximately 65 thousand years ago.
National Parks passes apply to gate fees at parks; the Waco Mammoth National Monument does not charge a gate fee. If you want to see the fossils, you will need to go with a park ranger on a guided tour. Fees apply to tours at Waco Mammoth. Parks passes do not apply to guided tour fees, and the back of the card states this. Please support Waco Mammoth National Monument's preservation mission as access to our in situ fossil remains inside our Dig Shelter is by guided tour only for the safety of the fossils.
The Waco Mammoth National Monument has a wonderful gift shop and shaded picnic area that you may visit anytime during park hours. Come dig for free in our mock dig pit: see Big Dig Class. Pre-reserved tour groups may also choose to add additional educational activities to your park experience.
Yes. Our Welcome Center has air conditioned facilties open during park hours.
Yes. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks to enjoy in our shaded picnic area before or after your scheduled program. Food and drink is not allowed inside the Dig Shelter.
We love large groups! Groups of 100+ are not unusual. We can use multiple staff members to subdivide your group into several smaller groups so everyone gets to experience our programs equally.
Yes. Our basic tour and add-on activites are TEKS aligned. See our Education Page for more details.