Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center


Pine ridge Ranger District  - Hudson-Meng Edcuation & Research Center

This archeological site features the world's largest known Alberta Culture bison kill, where 10,000 years ago paleohunters stalked and slaughtered 600 bison. Guided tours are available. The Bison Trail to Toadstool Park is a 3-mile hike.

A visit to Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Research & Visitor Center is a visit to a modern archeological excavation in progress. Interpretive exhibits and guided tours help you to understand why this is such an important discovery, and encourage you to develop your own theories about what happened to the bison. The site is located in the shadow of Nebraska's picturesque Pine Ridge, overlooking the Oglala and Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and north to the Black Hills of South Dakota. And it's only a few miles to the moonscape of Toadstool Geologic Park. 

The Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Research & Visitor Center is an outstanding example of how ordinary people can make extraordinary contributions to understanding our past. If you make a discovery on a national grassland or national forest, make sure of its location and report it promptly to the nearest Forest Service office. This site is an important partner of the Fossil Freeway.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Wednesday to Sunday, 9 am - 5 PM. 
Fees Adults - $5.00;  Seniors 60 and over - $4.50;  Kids 5 to 12 - $3.00;  Family Annual Pass - $25.00
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Crawford, Nebraska; Hot Springs, South Dakota
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Pine Ridge Ranger District (308) 432-0300

General Information


From Hot Springs, South Dakota: Take Highway 71 south about 60 miles to Toadstool Road. Follow Toadstool Road and Sandcreek Road west about 15 miles.

From Crawford, Nebraska: From the intersection of Highway 20, take Highway 2 north for 5 miles to Toadstool Road.  Follow Toadstool Road and Sandcreek Road west about 15 miles. 

General Notes:

Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center interpretive exhibit. 

Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center interpretive exhibit.

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