National Parks / Natural World
Crater of Diamonds State Park Murfreesboro
Where is it at?
Crater of Diamonds State Park
209 State Park Road
Tel: 870 285-3113
Where are we going today?
Diamonds are a family's best friend at the Crater of Diamonds State Park! This amazing geological wonder in Arkansas is the ONLY diamond-producing mine that is open to the public - in the entire world! So it really is a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family! You could say it's a ..."gem" Ha!
At Crater of Diamonds State Park you can experience a real adventure actually hunting for real diamonds! There is a ploughed field over 37 acres which is actually the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater. 100 million years ago this actually brought diamonds to the surface, as well as the semi-precious stones that those lucky visitors still find today!
Did you know that diamonds aren't always white? Nope! They come in all the colors of the rainbow, but the ones that you can find at this beautiful state park are brown, yellow and white.
Along with the diamonds, there are over 40 other types of rocks and minerals that can be found here. These include garnet, calcite, barite, amethyst and hematite. It's an incredible place, and it's been a state park entertaining families just like yours since 1972.
There are lots of historical remnants of the old mining ventures which can be seen within the park, including the Guard House and the Mine Shaft Building, as well as some smaller artifacts. It's the best preserved area in the country revolving around the history of diamond mines.
As well as the area to search for these diamonds, there are hundreds of acres of amazing forest to explore. And yes - it's finders keepers for those gems at the Crater of Diamonds State Park!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$8 for diamond search
- Children$5 for diamonds search (ages 6 - 12)
- Free Under: 5 years and under.
When can we go?
8am - 5pm, but closes 8pm May to August.
Open all year round.
For groups over 15 people, with 24 hours notice, the admission is half price. A great way for kids to learn about geology and history! .
There are drinks and snacks available in the gift shop, but feel free to bring your own!.
You can get water from the gift shop - make sure you stay hydrated! .
Any Top Tips?
In the park there is also a water park ($4/$6 entry), and an chance to rent equipment and tools to help you dig. .
Need a little extra help?
If you have any disabilities, just give the park a call before you arrive to discuss any needs you may have. .
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop in the visitor center with a wide range of gifts, including pins, mugs, shirts, caps, and all those things you need to keep up your diamond digging! .
Camping is available in the state park too, from $12/day.
What people are saying?
by Makayla McClendon
I wanna go on my birthday and im pretty excited to go,but i think im getting my hopes up to much about finding diamonds../:
by Sandra Erwin
It was nothing like what we expected. We sat in mounds of dirt digging after walking the rows looking for those gemstones that are laying on top of the ground...not! Don't expect to find anything that way. After digging for 4 hours in the humid and hot open fields we left empty handed and was very disappointed. I suggest you visit some of the shops in the town square prior to going to the crater to see what you can expect to find. The diamonds are very difficult to identify and are VERY small. Your odds of winning the lottery are much better. We...Read More
by Sean Epperson
Great fun if you dont expect to find diamonds... seems like many things you need a lot more information and experience to really find them.
by Alvin DeLeon
The people were very nice and my family and I had a great time. I think its a must for every family who dreams and wishes on finding buried treasure. The lots for campers are big and clean. The bathroom was well maintained with the amount of traffic that went through the park.
by Glen Greenman
We had fun digging for diamonds... didn't find any though (sigh). Be forewarned: this ain't sifting through the soil for gems. The field is essentially one giant dirt clod, so you have to break apart the hard-packed soil and then wash away the dirt to hopefully find some keepers. Hot, and very dirty. Inexpensive, and you can bring your own tools for digging, although a rental set (shovel, pail and screens) is only $8.
by Sandra Erwin
It was nothing like what we expected. We sat in mounds of dirt digging after walking the rows looking for those gemstones that are laying on top of the ground...not! Don't expect to find anything that way. After digging for 4 hours in the humid and hot open fields we left empty handed and was very disappointed. I suggest you visit some of the shops in the town square prior to going to the crater to see what you can expect to find. The diamonds are very difficult to identify and are VERY small. Your odds of winning the lottery are much better. We did go to the Wegner Crystal Mines the next day and had a very good time where it was much more personal with an awesome staff.