Crater of Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds is a diamond mine in southwestern Arkansas where the public can go to search for diamonds. It is the only place in the world where the public is allowed to do so!
Visiting Crater of Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds is an Arkansas State Park. There are a number of activities at the State Park in addition to mining the crater itself.
Some of these other activities include:
- Hiking Trails
- A small pool and water park
Easy to follow signs are located within the park that direct visitors towards each of the activities.
There is a small building complex at the entrance to the Crater site itself. The first building in the complex is the Welcome Center. Here, tourists can purchase tickets to the mine, visit a small historical museum, and shop for trinkets and novelties.
The second building in the complex is two stories. On the top level, visitors can watch one of two instructional videos on how to search for and identify diamonds. The videos are classified into dry and wet search methods, and last about 5 minutes each.
Visitors are able to rent equipment such as buckets, sifters and shovels on the bottom level. Each tool that is rented requires a larger deposit than the actual rental fee, and the majority of the deposit is returned after the tool is returned. To learn more about tools and rental costs, visit the Crater of Diamonds webpage.
Once you have all of your equipment, you can proceed toward the Crater digging area. A walkway separates the dig area into two halves. There are several washing stations in the dig area that help visitors separate stones from mud and dirt in their quest to locate diamonds.
Finally, there is a large wash station at the entrance / exit that allows people to wash their equipment, hands and other gear before leaving.
Tips for Visiting the Crater of Diamonds
Most of the visit is straightforward, but a little preparation beforehand can go a long way into making your trip more enjoyable. A few tips and recommendations are listed below:
- There is little to no shade at the dig site. Some visitors bring shade umbrellas to protect them from the hot Arkansas sun while they dig. Water and sunblock would also be highly recommended on days when the thermometer starts to spike higher.
- Visitors are allowed to bring their own equipment to the dig site. This can save you anywhere between ten and twenty dollars in equipment rental. The State Park webpage states that battery and motorized equipment are prohibited.
- Children may not be able to focus on digging as long as adults can. The swimming pool and splash park is a great additional option for kids during the summer months, so that they as well as adults both get to do something fun.
- As Murfreesboro is somewhat remote, it may help to get food and gas before heading to the park. There are several options for dining within Murfreesboro as well, including Southern Dine, Telingua's Mexican Restaurant, Pizza Inn and Feed Bin Cafe.