Things to do
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.