Do not dig holes in the playa larger than six-inches wide and two-foot deep. Holes erode within a year’s time, even when carefully back filled, leaving a visible mark and creating a safety hazard to drivers. Use an auger or a post hole digger instead of a shovel. Bag the dirt so it doesn’t blow away. Refill the hole by tamping the soil back into place (an inverted sledgehammer works well). Repeat this process every few inches while dampening the soil.
The collection, excavation, or vandalism of archaeological artifacts is prohibited on public lands. If you find something that appears to be an authentic artifact, contact a Black Rock Ranger.