North Dakota Geological Survey


2019 Fossil Digs


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, you will be limited to two days per dig. 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.

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To be added to the 2020 fossil dig notification list please click here. For questions about the fossil digs, please e-mail

2019 Dig Information

2019 Dig Registration through Eventbrite

2019 Dig Dates Frequently Asked Questions

Dickinson Dig





Dickinson Area FAQ

More Reading and Photos from Past Digs

2018 Pembina Dig Information

Pembina Past Digs

2018 Dickinson Dig Information

Dickinson Area Past Digs

2018 Marmarth Dig Information

Marmarth Past Digs

2018 Whiskey Dig Information

Whiskey Creek Past Digs

2018 Medora Dig Information

Medora Past Digs

2018 Bismarck Dig Information

Bismarck Area Past Digs