Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines

Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines, Mount Ida: Hours, Address, Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines Reviews: 4.5/5

Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines

Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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A great place for the family, where everyone is welcome and guaranteed to find crystals! Open 8:00-4:30 / Tuesday-Saturday Crystal Forest Mine Digs: 2 hour digs $18/person Trips leave daily at 9:30, 11:30, 1:30 Arrive 15 minutes early to sign up + have a safety meeting. Tailings Area: All day digging. $10.50/Adults $6.60/Kids (under 10) + Seniors (62+) Arrive by 2:00 pm for entrance. Gemstone Sluice: $4.50 Sluice Fee, then priced by the pail! 5 Pails to choose from ranging in price at $5-$15/pail. Diamond Experience: $29/bag Guaranteed to find 1/2 carat or more in total weight per bag = approx. 1-3 diamonds per bag.
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Bobbie B
Covington, GA41 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
I visited with four kids, and although initially worried about contagion risk, I was presently surprised to find masked workers in the store and requirements to wear a mask inside. You are pretty smashed together with people on the ride to the mine, but we wore our masks and just enjoyed the adventure. Very bumpy!
We found some nice points and lots of other “treasures”. Others said they found more here than at other local places, but we didn’t have anything to compare it to.
Two hours was plenty for us, and we came back to have a picnic at their tables in front of the store. Very reasonably priced raw and polished rocks to buy as well. Sooo much cheaper than other places. There are also bathrooms on premises and a port a potty out at the mine.
Great staff and provides a super fun outdoor activity.
Written July 2, 2020
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Hi Bobbie! What a lovely review. During these uncertain times, we are trying to be as respectful as possible, and wearing masks is an easy way to show respect for each other. We are so pleased to hear your family enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you back again sometime. Blessings, The Wegner Crew
Written August 11, 2020
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Kathy R
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
I am writing this review based on the incredible trip my husband and I took in September 2021, this was our first trip to Arkansas.

Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines is an awesome place to visit. The Wegner has some of the most friendly people.

I found it interesting that the price they charged for this visit was a 9 frequency... $18 for 2 hours.
During our visit my husband and I both found some beautiful clear quartz crystals.

We also visited the Wegner gift shop which has an incredible selection. We purchased some beautiful items there during our visit.

Thanks so much Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines for the amazing visit‼️ ❤

We are hoping to see you again soon‼️
Written January 18, 2022
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Thank you for the kind review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Hopefully you are still loving your crystal finds! We look forward to having you back again soon.
Written February 15, 2022
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shopworksgal
28 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
My sister and I planned this trip to Arkansas because going to Crater of the Diamond State Park has always been on my bucket list, since I am a hard core rockhound. After going there the first day my advice is to skip that experience altogether and head over to Wegner Crystal Mine instead. The park is a waste of your money, a lot of hard work, time and effort for NO reward! It’s a waste of energy!
Our first day at Wegner we did the mine trip, and signed up for 4 hours, you can go for 2 hours but if you are serious about Rockhounding then you will need 4 hours. I think you can also go longer, but with the heat and our ages, we maxed out at 4 hours. It was a tremendous amount of fun! We both found an enormous load of beautiful crystals, in fact, together we filled a huge bucket.
We were told from their staff, (Haley was so gracious and helpful) that you can also go to a different mine they operate that has phantom crystals, so we signed up to go on that trip the next day. It was an outstanding experience! Our guide Mike was truly a joy and helpful and I cannot say enough great things about the adventure. Some suggestions if you go, and I strongly recommend this amazing place: wear rugged hiking boots, hat, bring a lot of fluids, food, and sunscreen. The 2 days we spent at Wegner’s mines was a highlight of the trip and of all my rockhounding adventures, which have been many!
Written July 15, 2021
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Hello! Thank you for such a lovely review. Two days at the mines in the full summer heat is some serious digging! We are happy to hear you nabbed a decent haul for all that hard work. Your recommendations about what to wear and bring are spot on. We love hearing you enjoyed your excursions. We hope you come back soon - perhaps in the fall/spring with the cooler weather.
Written July 21, 2021
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TAK0269
Clarksville, TN584 contributions
Jun 2021
We did the tailings area first because we had a 4 and 6-year-old with us. The lady at the front was helpful and got us checked in and on our way. She made sure we knew where we were going and let us know there was no bathroom where we were going. We also did the sluice with the 16 gem bucket.

They had a ball at the tailings area and actually found a couple of small crystals. After 2 hours adults were ready to go, but kids wanted another 2 hours! I would recommend coming when they are first opened at the 2-hour mark it started to get busy. There was some shade early in the morning but was leaving quickly.

The sluice is a touristy thing! There were maybe four nice size crystals and what I would call microscopic tenny tiny specks of color. It took all of 30 seconds to pour the pail and wash away the sand. Pretty much a waste of money I think.

The prices on the pieces are per pound so it will add up quickly and they don't have any really small pieces they are all pretty good sizes!

Overall, the tailings were fun and this is what we drove 20 hours to do. The girls enjoyed themselves.
Written June 27, 2021
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Hello! Thank you for your feedback. Our all-day tailings is a great option for families who want to spend the day playing around in the dirt. For more serious treasure hunters, we recommend our Crystal Forest Mine or the Phantom Mine. Our Sluice is a 100 ft long covered trough with running water to sift through your semi-precious gem buckets. All of our gemstone buckets are put together in house by us, and every stone listed on the description chart provided you are guaranteed to find. Our 10,000 square foot wholesale warehouse is open to visitors with large museum specimens available for viewing, however the prices listed are wholesale and we mark up items 33% for retail purchases. We are pleased to know the girls enjoyed their time. We hope you come back for another adventure soon.
Written July 14, 2021
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Eddie
Reno, NV1 contribution
May 2022
Traveling to Mt Ida quartz mines from Dallas is a little far for a day trip, I recommend a stay over at a local hotel or nearby B&B.
On our last trip over the holiday Wegner's mine was closed, so we traveled a little farther and found another, and also drove by the free vista area (overcrowded).
The other mine we went to was nice, friendly, smaller scale, but if Wegner mine is closed, it is a close by choice.
In two hours walking prospecting and barely scratching the surface we found over a dozen decent quarter and half dollars sized clear points, and probably a few hundred smaller than a dime with a decent uncompromised point.
One could probably pick up several hundred decent pieces if they wanted.
Written May 29, 2022
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Hello! Thank you for the review. We always recommend a minimum of two hours digging time either at our Tailings Area of one of our mines as it can take newbies a little bit to get the hang of spotting crystals in the soil. There are lots of beautiful crystals just sitting on the surface, but larger finds take quite a lot more work to uncover. Our mine sites we shuttle you back and forth from with a knowledgeable mine guide whom recommend you ask lots of questions! Our All Day Tailings Area you drive yourself to and are welcome to come and go all day as you please. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dig and hope that you do indeed come back for another visit!
Written June 8, 2022
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Kimberly S
San Antonio, TX81 contributions
Mar 2021
Lovely area, but not a great mine for digging. There is a trailing but it is not well kept and is largely to keep kids digging in the dirt, you'll only find chips, shards, or VERY small (fingernail sized) crystals there. The mines themselves are groundlevel turns, not deep or rich, and all quite picked over. They very much look like Wegner turned over the top layers and then moved on. We found WAY more in the runoff zones than in the mines proper, and even then found very little of quality. We started in the trailings and moved to the mines. After our experiences elsewhere, Wegner was a big dissappointment. We are used to packing our car with findings. Of the three of us, we had less than one bucket of crystals to take home.

Watch your time as the truck rides back to the parking area don't call for individuals, you have to report to be taken back. There is a portapotty on site but bring your own water and snacks.

What I will say is a huge positive: the shop has outstanding prices on large crystals of good quality. I won't return to Wegner to dig, but I will come back every chance I get to buy crystals. It will be worth the trip out!
Written April 27, 2021
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Hello Kimberly! We are sorry to hear you were disappointed in your digging experience. When it comes to digging crystals some days are better than others. We stock our all day tailings with fresh stock from our Phantom Mine weekly. The top layer always gets picked over quickly so we urge our diggers to move around often, in addition to overturning the tops of the tailings mounds to see what is packed down underneath. Our 40 acre crystal forest mine has lots of beautiful crystals to be found. The open pits are for experienced diggers only who know how to extract crystals carefully from the quartz veins. The runoff mine tailings surrounding the open pits are best treated much like our all day tailings in that moving around often and overturning the mounds lends the best results for surface mining. Having a keen eye for spotting the stones in the rich red clay helps and takes some getting used to. If you are having trouble finding crystals your guide who transports you to and from the mine is there to answer any questions you have. Everything at Wegner's is satisfaction guaranteed. If we had known at the time that your experience was not to your satisfaction, we would have remedied it in the moment. We appreciate you reaching out and hope you come back to see us again for another try.
Written June 26, 2021
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Stacie
1 contribution
Sep 2020 • Couples
I only give one star because no star isn’t an option. I never go in and write reviews but am still upset! We traveled there from South Texas, staying in Hot Springs and the main thing I wanted to do was come here to shop and mine! I grew up with a geology teacher for a mother, which is who told me about the place, and was excited to go spend my one and only full day there at their place before having to head home. When my husband and I arrived we were impressed with the options just outside. When we went inside to shop and arrange to join the mining experience we were completely put off. As we walked in the older lady behind the counter didn’t even acknowledge us until I said something to her first. Then got a half hello and that’s it. I thought maybe she was just having a bad day. So I went on looking around. Maybe 30 seconds later an older couple walked in and they got a warm welcome and she asked how they were doing. I was a little annoyed but went on about my business. We found a piece of Labradorite that we wanted to purchase and it was 4.00 something a pound. Stood in line as she went through each little item of the person in front of us as she inspected things and took a little off the price for the lady, and weighed each little item. My husband and I then walked up.... she didn’t say anything to us... not like hey give me a second and I’ll be with you... nothing. Just stood in silence for a few minutes and then asked if we needed a price on it. We didn’t ask for a price, was just going to purchase the item. She then proceeded to punch a bunch in the calculator, never weighed the item and gave a ridiculous price of 160.00. Then turned and started doing something else. I was fuming at that point so we grabbed it and put it back and started trying to figure out how she came up with that! There’s no way that rock weighed over 25lbs! My husband carried it around for 20 minutes while we looked around. She never even weighed it! We left and went back to Hot Springs, wasted all that time and found the same rock, almost the same size for for 65.00 and it had more color to it!!
The only thing I could think of is that my husband has full sleeve tattoos on both arms and she just straight up judged us and assumed the worst! We had several hundred dollars I was prepared to spend there for myself and a gift for my mom and that’s how they treat people! Shame on you! Terrible customer service! Stop at one of the other places on the way in and save you some time! I’d imagine they treat paying customers better also!
Written September 12, 2020
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Hi Stacie, We are very sorry to hear about your experience. It is never our intention to make someone feel unwelcome, and we take your accusations seriously. We are a small business with an intimate group of employees that do a large variety of work, and occasionally on busy days we aren't able to great each customer with the attention and care that we would like. We are primarily a wholesale supplier with the majority of our store priced wholesale for other businesses to purchase. For retail purchases, we add a 33% markup. There are signs marked around the store stating this. Our best quality labradorite which is polished on both sides is $25.00 per pound wholesale. We also sell one-sided polished labradorite for $18.00 per pound wholesale. If the labradorite you selected was marked at a little over 4 pounds, and our best quality, this would have made it about $160.00 with taxes. To claim that we were discriminatory is incredibly disheartening. This employee is one of our most experienced. She has kind and professional mannerisms. Over our 41 years in business, this is the first time someone has insinuated prejudice. We offer an environment where everyone is welcome. This is substantiated by our customers over and over.
Written September 26, 2020
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Sannd1
Springtown, TX152 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Was a little disappointed. Just had a few hours to spare so took my granddaughter who is 11. Did not have time to do the tour so just did Crystal digging. Paid the fee and on our way out of the gift shop the employee asked if we had digging gear. We didn’t so back into the store to rent some. The directions we were given to get to the digging area were very vague. Was told “ see that gate there? Drive there and open the gate but be careful the cows may try to get out. Once through the gate make sure to lock it again so no cows get out. Then just keep driving till you get there”. Where’s there???? No signs, no one around. Took a wrong turn and had to back up a narrow dirt road. Once we found what we assumed was the digging area, again no signs, we realized it’s a plowed field with rows of dirt to dig through. Found a few crystals that looked like were laid on top of the piles. Only stayed about 30 minutes. So disappointing
Written June 20, 2022
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Michelle P
4 contributions
May 2021
Enjoyed the shop and the variety of items available. Shopping here was a good stop after digging at another nearby mine where we were successful in finding crystals. You certainly appreciate buying them all cleaned up for a reasonable cost after going through lots of dirt :)
Written May 13, 2021
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Hello! We appreciate the kind words. Primarily we are a wholesale supplier, so with a wide selection to choose from we try to be a "one stop shop" for other crystal sellers. We love hearing that you enjoyed perusing the shop and appreciated buying the crystals already cleaned. As you know, there's a lot of work that goes into getting them from the earth to the store shelves. We hope to see you back again!
Written June 26, 2021
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lara906
Twinsburg, OH3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
My friend & I did the mines as a girls road trip from Dallas. We had the crystal forest to ourselves & Constance our driver was super sweet! We did the phantom dig the next day with Mikey & came home with a very nice phantom point! The shop is full of very reasonably priced beauties & the staff is warm and welcoming. Highly suggest you go after it rains, as points are literally laying uncovered to pick up. It was a bit hard on the back & body to dig two days in a row. So plan for some down time to relax. Wear rugged boots & bring a smaller bucket to hold as you dig and have a larger bucket to bring finds back to. We went into Norman for some Italian food that was good. Stayed at a cute air B & B in Mt. Ida & will definitely be back to dig again & explore more of the surrounding area. A unique and memorable experience!
Written November 1, 2021
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Hi Lara! Thank you for the review. What a great suggestion to come after a good rain. The top layer of soil is washed away and always exposes lots of fresh crystals just waiting to be discovered. WOW! Two days of digging back to back is some dedication! We hope you found some great treasures. We look forward to having you back again!
Written November 2, 2021
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