National Parks

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Murfreesboro, AR

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Address: 209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, AR 71958, USA Number: 870 285-3113 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

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!

Good luck! 

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How much does it cost?

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Adults

$8 for diamond search

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Children

$5 for diamonds search (ages 6 - 12)

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Discount

Group discounts

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Free Under

5 years and under.

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Last Updates

2015

Additional Information

Camping is available in the state park too, from $12/day

Any top tips?

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In the park there is also a water park ($4/$6 entry), and an chance to rent equipment and tools to help you dig.

I'm Hungry!

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There are drinks and snacks available in the gift shop, but feel free to bring your own!

Healthy Eating You can get water from the gift shop - make sure you stay hydrated!

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Where is it at?

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Located at 209 State Park Road in Murfreesboro, from Little Rock just head west on I-30 then take exit 73. Head west on Ark. 51 for 6 miles then follow Ark. 26 for about 34. From North Washington Ave, head two miles SE on Ark. 301 to the park.

Teachers corner

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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!

Can I get one of those?

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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!

Need a little extra help?

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If you have any disabilities, just give the park a call before you arrive to discuss any needs you may have.

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in Arkansas

When can we go?

8am - 5pm, but closes 8pm May to August.

Open all year round.

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