Travel

Travel - Beginning the course

EAS X429 will begin formally in Rapid City, South Dakota on Tuesday, June 30.

The first session of the course will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Comfort Suites, 1333 N. Elk Vale Road, Rapid City, SD. You have the following options to get to Rapid City:

  • make your own arrangements to Rapid City
  • ride with the Indiana University caravan from Bloomington, Indiana

Details for each option

Rapid City, South Dakota
  • You should arrive in Rapid City on Tuesday, June 30 no later than 5:30 PM
  • You should plan to be at the Comfort Suites, 1333 North Elk Vale Road by 5:30 PM
  • You are responsible for your own transportation from the airport/bus terminal to the motel.
  • There is no parking available in Rapid City for personal vehicles; leaving a car in Rapid City while you are participating in the course is NOT an option.
  • The transportation fee remains the same whether you join the group in Rapid City or in Bloomington.
  • Do not attempt to check in the motel if you arrive prior to the caravan. Wait in the lobby, as you must be checked in and assigned to a room by an Indiana University representative. 
Bloomington, Indiana
  • You should arrive in Bloomington on Sunday, June 28 no later than 5:00 PM
  • There will be a short mandatory organizational meeting at 6:00 PM for students traveling with the caravan to Rapid City.
  • If you need a dorm room Saturday and/or Sunday night before the caravan departs for Rapid City, please indicate that on your travel form, so a room can be reserved for you. All rooms MUST be reserved in advance and the fee for a room will be $50.40, which will be added to your Bursar account.
  • The caravan will leave the parking lot of the Geology building promptly at 7:00 AM on Monday, June 29.  Breakfast will be served in the lobby of the Geology building beginning at 6:00 AM. 
If you are flying to Bloomington
  • Fly into Indianapolis: when booking your flight allow an hour and a half for travel from Indianapolis to Bloomington.
  • Take the Bloomington Shuttle from the airport to the Indiana Memorial Union. From there you will be responsible for getting to your assigned IU dorm or lodging you have reserved on your own.
  • Make reservations in advance at goexpresstravel.com. You will only need a ONE WAY reservation since the return caravan will drop students off at the airport before returning to Bloomington.  Your cost is $24 for a one way trip.
If you are driving to Bloomington
  • Purchase a parking permit to leave your vehicle on the Indiana University campus while you are in Montana. Visit: https://parking.indiana.edu/permits/index.html and purchase a CHS permit.
  • Make certain that your car license plates do not expire during the 6 week period the vehicle will be in Bloomington or risk being issued a ticket.

Travel - upon completion of the course

The X428 caravan will leave the Field Station on Monday, August 3.
The X429/X498 caravan will leave the Field Station on Sunday, August 9.

You have the following options:

  • Depart via airplane or bus from Bozeman, MT or Rapid City, SD
    • X428: Monday, August 3
    • X429: Sunday, August 9
  • Depart via airplane from Indianapolis
    • X428: Wednesday, August 5
    • X429: Tuesday, August 11
  • Depart from Bloomington via your own transportation:
    • X428: Wednesday, August 5
    • X429, Tuesday, August 11

Details for each option

Bozeman, Montana or Rapid City, South Dakota

Bozeman, Montana or Rapid City, South Dakota (Do not make reservations out of Butte as we are unable to provide transportation there). There is no additional charge for transportation to Bozeman or Rapid City.

X428:

  • Transportation will be provided on Monday, August 3, for those planning to depart by airplane from Bozeman or Rapid City.
  • Reservations out of Bozeman should be made for flights leaving AFTER 11:00 AM on August 3.
  • Reservations out of Rapid City should be made for flights leaving AFTER 9:30 PM on August 3 or the morning of August 4. The caravan will arrive in Rapid City sometime in the evening on August 3.  Students traveling out of Rapid City will be dropped off at the Rushmore Mall.  You are responsible for getting yourself to the airport and/or making arrangements to spend the night in Rapid City.

X429:

  • Transportation will be provided on Sunday, August 9, for those planning to depart by airplane from Bozeman or Rapid City.
  • Reservations out of Bozeman should be made for flights leaving AFTER 11:00 AM on August 9.
  • Reservations out of Rapid City should be made for flights leaving AFTER 9:30 PM on August 9 or the morning of August 10.  The caravan will arrive in Rapid City sometime in the evening on August 9.  Students traveling out of Rapid City will be dropped off at the Rushmore Mall.  You are responsible for getting yourself to the airport and/or making arrangements to spend the night in Rapid City.

Depart from Indianapolis AND Depart from Bloomington

X428:

  • This trip is not an official part of the course, but is provided as a convenience for those who wish to take advantage of University transportation. 
  • The first night will be spent in Murdo, SD and the second night in Coralville, IA.
  • You MUST indicate on your travel form that you will be returning to Bloomington with the caravan. 
  • There is NO additional charge for returning with the caravan, and those in paid driver positions will also be paid for the return trip if they choose this option.
  • The caravan should arrive at the Indianapolis airport around 5:00 PM.  Reservations should be made for flights leaving AFTER 7:00 PM on August 5
  • The caravan will arrive in Bloomington late afternoon (approximately 6:00 PM) on Wednesday, August 5.

X429:

  • This trip is not an official part of the course, but is provided as a convenience for those who wish to take advantage of University transportation. 
  • The first night will be spent in Murdo, SD and the second night in Coralville, IA.
  • You MUST indicate on your travel form that you will be returning to Bloomington with the caravan. 
  • There is NO additional charge for returning with the caravan, and those in paid driver positions will also be paid for the return trip if they choose this option.
  • The caravan should arrive at the Indianapolis airport around 5:00 PM.  Reservations should be made for flights leaving AFTER 7:00 PM on August 11
  • The caravan will arrive in Bloomington late afternoon (approximately 6:00 PM) on Tuesday, August 11.