Unsure if a full week is right for you? Day tours and short weeks are a great opportunity to test the waters. Experience every aspect of the dig from prospecting for fossils to removing and preparing specimens. If you are curious about the Hell Creek Formation and the daily activities of a dinosaur dig, this jam packed tour will answer your questions and leave you wanting more!
Day Tour Schedule
- 9:30 am: Meet in parking lot at Marmarth Cafe/Gas Station (101 1st Ave NE Marmarth, ND 58643). Drive to camp.
- 10:00 am: Safety overview and introduction to the Hell Creek Formation.
- Badlands driving tour with regional geology overview.
- Visit an active excavation site!
- Break for lunch at site ~ Noon
- Prospect for fossils in the badlands.
- Return to excavation site for hands-on plaster field jacket & specimen removal demonstration.
- Return to camp.
- Learn how to make casts in our field laboratory.
- Dinner (BBQ)
- 7:00 pm: Official day dig ends, but you are welcome to stay for open lab time and movie night.
*Disclaimer: Above schedule is for normal weather conditions. Rain and extreme weather can severely inhibit our ability to access field sites on short notice. If such luck happens for your day tour, we will do our very best to conduct a badlands driving tour in addition to more time in the field lab casting and demonstrating techniques, as well as a trip to the museum nearby in Bowman, ND.
The badlands are generally hot, dry, and sunny during the day. In order to break up the day we both prospect and work on excavations. Excavations often require the use of heavy machinery, sharp tools, etc. for proper removal of specimens. However, day tours will be more focused on observing larger excavations and the demonstration of these tools. A safety overview will still be provided at the beginning of the day. You must acknowledge the natural dangers of being in a remote, arid environment, (local wildlife, dehydration, severe weather, etc.). Further info can be found in the Sign Up section.
We provide food and cookware, but you are encouraged to bring additional provisions. Most food allergies can be accommodated with advance notice. Contact us if you have any food preference questions. Breakfast is not provided on day tours, but the Marmarth Cafe in which we meet at 9:30 am, is a great breakfast option. Water is provided on site and at camp. We will prepare sack lunches that include chips, granola bar, fruit, vegetable and choice of PBJ or ham/turkey sandwich. Dinner for day tours just so happen to coincide with BBQ days!
ARRIVAL BY VEHICLE
At 9:30 am, we will meet you in town at the parking lot of the Marmarth Cafe/Gas Station (101 1st Ave NE Marmarth, ND 58643). From there you will follow us to camp where parking is available for the duration of the tour. High clearance vehicles are not necessary to travel the paved county and dirt farm roads to camp. Transportation is then provided for the tour.
Airport pickup not available for day tours.
purchasing & refunds
We ask that you please purchase your day tour a minimum of two weeks before the tour date. In the event of extreme weather (downpour, tornado warning, severe thunderstorms), we are required to cancel the day tour and you will receive a full refund. If you must cancel your day tour, you must contact us no later than 2 weeks before the tour date for an 80% refund. Day tours are non-refundable if cancelling any later than 2 weeks before your tour date. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.