Is a day tour too short and a full week too long? You're in luck. We offer short weeks for those looking for the all inclusive dig experience, but are limited on time. We do like to see more participants in our week long groups because we know a short week may leave you wanting more! That said, if you have no other option, a short week will have all of the same projects and opportunities as a full week. You will also be working alongside those on the full length charter, as camaraderie is a special part of every dig.
Working on the dig usually entails long periods of hiking and sitting. Also, the badlands are generally hot, dry, and sunny during the day. Keep that in mind when considering this dig. In order to break up the day we try to both prospect and work on excavations each day. The field day usually depends on the weather. If it is abnormally hot we may cut the field excavation short for the day or, in the event of rain, we may choose to go on a museum trip. Excavations often require the use of heavy machinery, sharp tools, etc. for proper removal of specimens. A safety overview will be provided at the beginning of the dig. You must acknowledge the natural dangers of working in a remote, arid environment, (local wildlife, dehydration, severe weather, etc.). Further info can be found in the Sign Up section.
VEHICLES & CAMPING
All forms of camping, including RVs, pop-up campers, tents etc., are welcome at the camp site. If you choose to bring an RV, there are locations a few miles away in town to fill up and deposit waste. On-site parking is accessible for any vehicle in the grassy clearing next to camp for the duration of your charter. High clearance vehicles are not necessary to travel the paved county and dirt farm roads to reach camp. If you are being picked up at the Rapid City airport (additional info in airport pickup section) and are unable to provide your own tent, we do offer a few tent and cot options for rent. Please inquire if you will be needing such arrangements.
Tentative Day Schedule
6:30 am - Breakfast
7:30 am - Pack for field
8:00 am - Leave for field
3:00 pm - Return to camp
5:00 pm - Start dinner
9:00 pm - Prep lab closes
Meals and utensils are provided. Food allergies can be accommodated with advance notice. Contact us if you have any food preference questions. Breakfast options may vary day to day, but will likely include cereal, eggs, sausage, OJ, etc. We will prepare sack lunches that include chips, granola bar, fruit, vegetable and choice of PBJ or ham/turkey sandwich. Water is provided on site and at camp. With dinner being the largest meal of the day, it will vary between bbq, campfire meals, or stove top dishes.
ARRIVAL BY VEHICLE
For short weeks we meet at the Marmarth Cafe and mini store at 5:00 p.m. before heading to base-camp. Please be punctual, as cellular service is extremely spotty and we may not be able to give directions to camp.
Because our schedule only allows airport pickup/drop-off on Sundays, if may be difficult to provide transport during the middle of the week. Please contact us to see if we can make special arrangements before scheduling a short week if you must fly.