North Dakota Geological Survey


2018 Fossil Digs


Registration For Digs Begins 8am February 1st

Our normal dig season runs from late June through the middle of August, and may include all or some of the sites listed at the bottom of this page. Each of our digs has a minimum age of 13 years, with the exception of Family Days, where the age drops to 10 years. Family Days are set up as half-days, with a morning and afternoon shift. If your child is 10-12 years old, you may only sign up for one half day (morning OR afternoon), not both on the same day.

Every dig is set up so that participants may sign up for one or more days. It is not necessary to sign up for the whole dig week. If you are a first-time digger, we highly suggest you sign up for a maximum of two days. Not every dig includes weekend days.

You will not be digging for dinosaurs on every dig! North Dakota is known for a plethora of fossil plants and animals. See the FAQs below to see what you may find on each of our digs.

Each dig has a different set of physical requirements. Digs listed as “Beginner” have minimal walking or hiking. Digs listed as “Intermediate” include walking a short-to-moderate distance over rougher terrain. Digs listed as “Experienced” require more hiking, walking, and climbing over rough surfaces. To see what amenities are offered on each dig (such as shade tent or port-a-potty), check out the FAQs listed below.

Our digs are scheduled in December-January, and notifications are sent out to our dig list, as well as social media at that time. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To be added to the fossil dig notification list, please contact Mindy Austin (

Information on Dig Locations

Dickinson Dig






Dickinson Area FAQ

Photos from Past Digs

Pembina Past Digs

Dickinson Area Past Digs

Marmarth Past Digs

Whiskey Creek Past Digs

Medora Past Digs

Bismarck Area Past Digs