Waco Mammoth Cave is one of the richest Ice Age fossil beds in the world. And one of the newest National Parks added to our history. 

Columbian Mammoth (Mammouthus columbi) was discovered as a large bone was floating out of a ravine in Waco, Texas. 

One of the things that we love is that the national parks agave a junior ranger program. Our daughter was sworn in by one of her fellow Girl Scout members. 

What’s a Junior Ranger? 

  1. Help preserve National Parks

  2. Represent to their friends, family and schoolmates 

  3. Learn about Waco Mammoth National Monument 

  4. Spread their knowledge about parks

  5. Use good environmental practice 

For more information about the junior ranger program:

Junior Ranger Program

In July 2015 President Obama created the Waco Mammoth National Monument making it a part of the national park services. 

We took the kids so they could all become Junior rangers. 

Contains over 25 Columbian Mammoths and was discovered in 1978 by Paul Barron and Eddie Bufkin

The sight was originally closed to the public from 1979 to end of 2009. In 2009 a shelter was built to protect the bones and allow visitors and the general public to view. 

Skull of a short-faced bear 

It is believed that the Mammoths drowned in three different series of flash floods about 67,000 years ago. 

The fossils are set in the original place that they were found. 

Female “Mammoth W” 

The age of the fossils were determined using luminescence dating. Which is basically using light to excite electrons and cause emissions. Which in short can be examined to show the last time the bone was exposed to the sun. 

The sight was discovered while the pair of scientists were searching for arrowheads. 

They also discovered the remains of a camel (Camelops hesternus) and the tooth of a juvenile saber-tooth cat (Smilodon sp) that was found next to an unidentifiable species. 

Waco Mammoth National Park

6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr

Waco, TX 76708

Phone: 254-750-7946

Located along the Bosque River

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