“finders keepers diamond dig!”
One of the only places in the world where the public can search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source, Crater of Diamonds is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings people from all over the world to Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Visitors to the park search a 37-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of a volcanic crater, for variety of rocks, minerals, and gemstones – and any rock or mineral you find is yours to keep. You may bring your own mining equipment to search with (no battery-operated or motor driven mining tools allowed), or rent tools from the park. Your diamond search begins here , where you can prepare for your visit by learning about diamonds and how to search for them. At the park's visitor center, you can view real, uncut diamonds and interact with exhibits illustrating the area's unique history and geology. At the Diamond Discovery Center, you can learn more about rocks and minerals found at the park and how to search for diamonds using various techniques. Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow: the three colors found here at the park are white, brown, and yellow. Amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, quartz, and other rocks and minerals naturally occur here. Park staff provide complimentary identification or rocks and minerals found at the park, as well as diamond mining demonstrations and other interpretive programs.
On average TWO DIAMONDS A DAY are found at the park. Brown, Yellow, and White diamonds are the most popular. During hard rains more diamonds find their way to the surface. So, basically, if you wanna find some diamonds, now's the time to go. Conditions are just right for amateur jewel-hunters.
A fun activity for a few hours. The day we went was super hot and we mostly did the wet sort (one of 3 options). We had fun, but I couldn't have done more than half a day. The gift shop staff was great but the staff that sold materials and identified rocks and minerals were not very friendly. I'd rate it 50% on the funometer.
Spent a few hours with family and friends. Only found diamond dust and some Jasmine. Didn't have time for the water park but it looked fun for the kids. Maybe next time we can bring the tents and stay at the park and have longer times to dig for Diamonds. Price is fair. No complaints here.
Good family fun but be careful: daughter cut her finger on a piece of calcite. Found some nice rocks and minerals but no diamonds. We did bring home a bucket of dirt to go through so we'll keep our hopes up.
What a great way to spend the day. Our 10 & under loved digging in the dirt and mud. Two diamonds were found the day we were there, but not by us. Bummer. However, we enjoyed the hunt. Stayed at the Shamrock and had dinner at Los Agaves.
You are going to get dirty and wet so plan on having a change of clothing. It was hot and we did it find much if you have kids they will like it but plan on half a day at least. The crystal mine up the road is also a good addition to this.
Just left the park today. Enjoyed our stay. Campsites are very large & nice. The water park was refreshing for just to set in. It's not for swimming but for the kids to splash in. Fun to watch the kids. The 1.2 mile nature trail is really neat. I walk it at 6am nice & cool. Digging for diamonds takes more than one day & the weather was to hot to be out in. No shade, need a umbrellas. I came and now I can say I tried.
The little cafe is good, ice cream was the best. The help were a joy to talk with. I must say all the help no matter where we went were excellent.
Been there. It takes some work to get the diamonds but I've seen people find them right in front of me. I've decided to stay here a while and get some.
This was our second time to go to the Crater of Diamonds. Our first time there, my daughter found a diamond, but this time my son just played in the mud! Always fun, but drink lots of water!
Diamonds are Keepers!
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Crater of Diamonds State Park
- Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Good for hiking.
Credit Cards Accepted
- State park or forest
- Max Stay
Standard Tent Sites