Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

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Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 AM
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We are open 7 days and week and/or by appt. Give us a call to make sure we are going to be there. Then you can come play in the dirt.... You stay all day for one low price, keep all that you find and children under nine are free with paying adults.
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Susie Schilling
St. Catherines, Canada10 contributions
Family
My second trip to Arkansas and sweet surrender mine. I took my 19 year boy with me on second. I read some bad reviews which prompted me to also agree with owners response. You have to dig in the heaps of clay and veins material (not sifted throw like other mines) that is there for the helping. It’s harder indeed the clay is grey and heavy but from the crystals found there are some of the highest grade. One can mine along the wall and find a vein as my son did and patiently pull out flawless pieces of grade A clarity after soaking off the iron. I love going to all the mines they all have something to offer (hence worth 25 hour drive there). Besides the crystals from sweet surrender I must say Randy the owner is very easy going I was there at the crack of the day and they came a little later had with standard form any collected 20$ for an ENTIRE day, unlike any other mine. We left with the sunset!!! As for there employee Carl, after he finished his work day he spent time with me teaching me how to see and find then in this different grey clay and tricks of the trade. He also turned a huge part of everything over and assisted in helping me find points. Randy’s nephew aided my son and gave him pointers earlier in the day. We where there in the off season with many rainy days and where the only 2 visitors being sadly our last day before trekking back. My son didn’t get to the mother load pocket but along the veins there where riches of beauties. So yes it is work and you might not find as many (though in November I lucked out with lots of surface ones without digging too much), but those that you do find aren’t a bunch of big sand stores with some broken and smashed crystals on it.
A big big shout out to Carl, wow he is a hard worker, was relentless in getting excavator tracks back on and out of what seemed an impossible position them turned the clay after his day just for me!!! ❤️🙏🍷
Pics below, clusters still need more soaking. Cheers she ya all in the fall!
Written March 11, 2020
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Dana R
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Last year 2019, I was with a friend of mine who is also a rock gatherer. We traveled from KC MO. It was a rainy day, when we called to see if we needed an appointment and Becky said we could come now. We were greeted by Becky and she explained how to find the Quart and what to look for. We started off a little slow, but after we found a few and knew what the crystals looked like we found a lot. It started to rain and Becky said we could continue. We collected over 100 lbs. of great crystals.
Becky was so kind and friendly.

I would be heading there now if they were open.

Dana Reed
Written April 4, 2020
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Cristine B
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This place is a laid back and relaxing mine. Our dog had as much fun as we did. We listened to the owners direction and collected great specimens. We also purchased a basket of handpicked specimens by Randy which we treasure. We visited a few other places, but like I said, this is the one we have to get back to! We visited in early February and it was a nice temperature and there were only a couple of other visitors.
Written February 16, 2020
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Laura S
Fort Smith, AR2 contributions
Family
This place was really interesting. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, and there was only one other “miner” at the mine when we visited. I, personally, loved that about it. Large crowds make me anxious when I have my children with me, so this was fantastic for us. Becky met us at the mine and was super friendly and helpful. She showed us pictures of what to look for and gave us advice on which areas would be safest for the kids to dig. I would love to visit again in the fall when it’s not quite so hot. I didn’t find any large crystals, but I found some beautiful tiny ones that I’m going to have put into a custom piece of jewelry to remind me of a fun day with the family.
Written July 24, 2021
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Susie Schilling
St. Catherines, Canada10 contributions
Couples
I went over a year ago they where still actively digging and suppling tailings.
Drove over 120 miles to a no longer long time active mine. It was beyond horrible, they just cashed in everyone in, for a dump to say the least. The owner did not refund me and was extremely rude, aggressive down right private and fowl mouthed. Would not recommend anyone to waist there time, effort and money to go there. I will be reporting him the chamber of commerce. This was simply a scam and waisted other opportunities with cyrstal mines that take care of there business and patrons.
Written May 1, 2021
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I was on the phone when you came at him screaming. Even the person you were with said you had to dig. We had moved dirt. It rained and made the shale harder to dig. People find awesome crystals all the time, they don't surface hunt . Most people live us. You don't. I didn't broadcast what a nasty person you were being. Even the person you were with tried to calm you down. I am sorry we are not the mine for you have fun other places please. By the way , my husband has Parkinson's dementia. He doesn't even remember you.
Written August 13, 2021
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jjthei
14 contributions
Family
Do not pass this one up!!!! Call ahead for an appointment to make sure they are open. Owner and pets were extremely friendly and very knowledgable on the opportunities to find crystals. These are different than some other mines and will take iron out to clean up but will be well worth it. They are hoping to move more product and hopefully they will keep it going. Found everything from clear points and clusters to huge garden art rocks. See photo with more cleaning this will be a great yard conversation piece.
Written June 19, 2020
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Debbie_Shuman
Sterling IL2 contributions
Friends
Just wanted to share with you the wonderful experience we had at the Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine in Story, Arkansas. As a "first-timer" as was thrilled that Monica took the time to show me exactly what to look for, showed me where to look, and even handed me crystals she picked up off the ground as we were walking.... Our group had a wonderful day rock hounding and came home with buckets full of great points and clusters. The owners were great, checking on us often throughout the day, handing us points they had picked up, and making sure we enjoyed our adventure. The hardest part of the day was actually getting in the car to leave. We kept spotting another "sparkle" and hated to go. I will definitely be planning another trip - only next time I will plan to stay longer, and allow more room in my vehicle to bring home the treasures I find.
Written June 20, 2013
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Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to thank you for your kind words... I actually just figured it all out.. Hopefully we will see you again.. Again.. Thank you for coming to the mine and leaving the review...
Written March 27, 2015
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Patrick L
mpls,minn3 contributions
Solo
Made it to the mine after a long drive in the rain, early morn. And I was informed on how to dig crystal, how to find it and how to look!!!! It isn't that easy. Needless to say I was wet and dirty after I was done.
But it was worth it.
After 3 or 4 hours of playing in the mud I believe I dug 3 or 4 hundred dollars worth. Plus a bunch of rocks. But I don't know really. The gifts I have given people was worth it though, for me.
Thanks to Becky for coming down that rainy morning and I look forward to digging on a drier day soon.
I recommend this site to the adventurous, and those looking for treasures. PS, they don't hold your hand!!
Written May 13, 2015
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thank you... becky
Written July 2, 2019
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David B
Ann Arbor, MI16 contributions
Couples
Visiting this mine was a great experience! As a Sweet Surrender employee told me on the phone when I asked if I could rent tools, "you can certainly use ours for free, but we try to avoid all that tourist trap stuff." We spent about four hours digging and found plenty of (very muddy) points and some bigger clusters. The digging was definitely better than the seeded mine we visited last time we were in Mt. Ida.

Some notes: the address Google Maps has for the business is out of date, so make sure you refer to their website. The mine had lots of steep slopes - nothing that we couldn't handle but it might be a problem for children or people with limited mobility. Remember to bring water and snacks!
Written May 29, 2015
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maps are updated. areas for elders and kids have been addressed and we have a port a potty. thank you... becky
Written July 2, 2019
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Jo V
Little Rock, AR1 contribution
Friends
Sweet Surrender is a wonderful AUTHENTIC crystal mining experience. This mine has a different feel than other mines, it took me and my friend a little while to change our perspective re: what we were looking for, however, once we figured it out, we became successful! Also, unlike other more commercial mines, at this one you have a guided experience with an experienced miner. SO if you don't really know what you're looking for OR if need help changing your perspective the advice is GREAT!! I plan to return in the near future:)
Written July 28, 2013
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You know it is funny, I am so slow at saying thanks in the reviews but actually I just figured out how to do it.. We appreciate you coming and the words.. hope to see you again one day soon..
Written March 27, 2015
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