Board Camp Crystal Mine
Board Camp Crystal Mine
5
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
About
Hello! We offer Fresh Air, Sunshine, and Crystal Energy! Dig your own Quartz Crystals from a real mine! This is a "fresh earth dig"! You will be the FIRST to see the age old crystals when you un Earth them! All natural. No heavy equipment used. We only dig by hand. You WILL find crystals! We show you how! Also Experience the "UnXplained Tours" What is the cause of the strange phenomena happening at BCCM Here the story, see the evidence, then YOU decide! BCCM has also been featured on various Videos! Google us!. Closed every winter end of Oct and reopen end of Feb... we let the Earth rest during that time. Thank you for your interest! We look forward to meeting you!
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
The area
Address
Reach out directly
Best nearby
We rank these restaurants and attractions by balancing reviews from our members with how close they are to this location.
Attractions
1 within 6 miles

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles118 reviews
Excellent
112
Very good
4
Average
0
Poor
1
Terrible
1

Kim C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
My daughters and I stumbled across this gem while looking for something to do. The price is reasonable and getting to rent tools vs. purchasing them reeled me in.

Immediately, we were greeted by name and felt very welcome.

We dug around for several hours, found great rocks and made new friends. The area is beautiful and my girls and I will go back.

Bring water, snacks, and bug spray. I suggest your kiddos visit the toilet at the welcome before entering the mine. Bring towels for your car and a container to take your treasures home!
Written June 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi Kim! Thank you so very much for taking the time to review us and thank you for the kind words and detailed suggestions! We really appreciate that and most of all, so happy you and the girls had a great time on your treasure hunt! We will look forward to your next visit! Very sincerely, Cheryl (and Orville) Murphy
Written July 4, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Katherine M
Oatmeal, TX16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We had a good time for almost three hours digging for crystals. This is not a field of tailings. They actually take you up on their property in the woods to dig in the hills for crystals. The people were really nice and quirky! The gentleman who showed us around told us some great stories and the boys enjoyed him. They treated us wonderfully and let us dig even though they were technically not planning on opening today. It is not a commercial tourist trap. It was a much more authentic experience like hunting for crystals in the Arkansas hills as a kid. You may not find large crystals but we found some pretty little clusters and lots of pretty quartz. If you take a picnic lunch there are some picnic tables where you could stop and eat lunch. Overall it was fun!
Written July 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi Kathrine, and thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We are happy you enjoyed are all natural mining, or rockhounding, experience! You are correct, we do not have tailings as we do not use heavy equipment to dig big holes in the earth and dump piles of dirt. The experience is all natural, and we are happy to know you had a nice visit! Enjoy your crystals and please come again! Cheryl and Orville
Written September 7, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

B C
Aubrey, TX3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Cheryl and Orville are such genuine people! Orville was in the dirt digging and helping everyone in their efforts to walk away with memories and treasures. We left with amazing finds that will be cherished forever. This land is blessed by indigenous friends and feels very different than other sites in the area. (

The evening tour (Expedition Unknown) offers a very intimate experience to the phenomen that the land/area and personal experiences of Cheryl and Orville. We saw/experienced this first hand!
Written May 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello! And thank you so much for your very kind review! We are indeed humbled and most of all so happy you had a great experience! Hope to see you on your next vacation! :)
Written July 4, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kelly H
Fort Walton Beach, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
For first time crystal mining, we could not have asked for a more enjoyable experience. We showed up an hour before our appointed time and were willing to sit and wait for Cheryl to be ready for us, but she would have none of that. She took time out of what she was doing to get us briefed and digging on the mountain as quickly as she could. Orville showed us exactly what to do and how to identify where we needed to dig in order to find crystals. The passion both of them have for what they do is what makes Board Camp Crystal Mine such a wonderful experience. My wife and I could not think of any other way our 23rd wedding anniversary would have been better spent.
Written June 29, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Danyalle S
Kaufman, TX260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We went here with our kids that were excited to dig for crystals. We all ended up loving it. Cheryl and Orville were amazing and he really has the kids enthralled and ready to dig. The kids had a blast digging and we had planned to stay only a couple of hours. We booked a 9am slot and stayed until 1:30, but it was so worth it and the kids are begging to go back. The place has a calming feeling over it and it’s truly magical. We cannot wait to go back next year. We have just slowly started cleaning our finds but are excited with what we’ve cleaned so far. We have a 5 gallon bucket and one small boulder to go.
Written October 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Danica E
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Board Camp Crystal Mine was such an amazing experience. The owners were super helpful in showing us where to dig and what to look for. We found a ton of beautiful crystals and some really cool limestone. I would highly recommend this place for everyone and anyone, our 8 year old had a blast and was able to find crystals all on her own. Definitely the highlight of our time in Arkansas.
Written March 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi! Wow, we are truly honored by your statement, "the highlight of our time in Arkansas"! We are truly humbled but most of all we are so very happy you had a wonderful visit! We love to know that the children enjoy themselves too, and their visit will hopefully spark a life long appreciation for rockhounding! Thanks again, Very sincerely, Cheryl (and Orville) Murphy
Written July 4, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DAVID W
Gladewater, TX123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The cost was $35 for the first bucket and $10 for additional buckets. I filled 2 buckets which weighed about 100 pounds. I hoped to find an abundance of clear, faceted rocks but that was not to be. Of the 100 pounds I found, maybe 10-12 pounds had some amount of clear facets. Most were small, less than an inch. There were 4 decent sized pieces that are nice. All the rest were milky with streaks of black or red. The owners were friendly. The "mine" was digging in a wooded area that was mostly dirt and some mud. Finding the quartz required a lot of digging and work. I dug 4 hours and was very tired. I'm pleased overall but temper your expectations about find a lot of clear quartz.
Written July 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi David! Thanks so much for taking the time to review us! We appreciate your honest review and happy to know that you were pleased overall at your experience! Digging directly in the earth is called a surface mine, and yes, you dig in the dirt, of course, as well as if it rained a day previous to your visit, there will be some muddy areas. We compare the experience to fishing. You never know what you're going to catch but you will catch "something". :) Thanks again, and enjoy your crystals! Cheryl and Orville
Written September 7, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Shelly W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
My mom and I visited Board Camp Crystal Mine on May 29. This was our first visit and first time to dig for crystals. The owners, Orville and Cheryl Murphy, are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. After Cheryl checked us in and went over the rules and regulations, Orville explained the process and what to look for. Then, he actually helped us locate and dig for crystals once we got to the mine. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in nature and the hands-on crystal digging experience as well as the stories Orville shared. This was definitely a memorable and fun experience, and we would absolutely return to do it again.
Written June 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
HI Shelly, thank you so very much for taking the time to review us and thank you for the kind and detailed review! We really appreciate that and most of all, so happy you and your mom had a great time spending time together and taking sparkly crystals home with you! We will look forward to your next visit! Very sincerely, Cheryl (and Orville) Murphy
Written July 4, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

susan r
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
We had heard lots of good thing about Board Camp Crystal Mine, and were excited to finally visit it recently! Owners Cheryl and Orville welcomed us warm heartedly and filled us in on details. They are both dedicated to preserving the beauty and sanctity of the mine, no heavy machinery, blasting, etc., this is a natural mine! Orville showed us the way to the digging area and related "clues" to look for in choosing where to dig. He is very knowledgeable and helpful, not to mention a comedian! He kept us in stitches all day! By the end of our dig we each had a big bucketful of crystals to take home, and we were greatly impressed by the beauty and tranquility of the mine! I highly recommend you visit Board Camp Crystal Mine! Thank you Cheryl and Orville for an amazing day!
Written April 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TAYLOR M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
The best part was the authenticity of the dig. My husband hoped for an authentic experience and we got one! The mine is very shady and the tools provided equipped us to have a successful hunt.It does get hot and you will get dirty. I suggest wearing “play clothes”. I also suggest planning to stay for several hours because once you find one, you want to continue to find more! We found beautiful crystals of different sizes. The owners were so welcoming and so friendly. The man who runs the mine even helped our little girls find crystals of their own and gave my husband advice on how and where to dig. This experience created special memories my family will cherish forever.
Written July 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi, and thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We are blessed to know you got blessed and had a great family time! Enjoy your crystals and come see us again! Very sincerely, Orville and Cheryl
Written September 7, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 115
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Board Camp Crystal Mine - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All things to do in Mena
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars