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“A long, fun, and ultimately unprofitable day”

Crater of Diamonds State Park
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Owner description: The only diamond mine in North America open to the public.
Reviewed March 24, 2013

The grounds of this park are very nice and the park has facilities for equipment rental, certification of stones, a gift shop, and bathrooms. We came in late March because the weather was going to be sunny and in the 50's and we could avoid the intense heat and sunshine of an Arkansas summer. We were some of the first people into the park and we worked all day trying to find at least a small gemstone to bring home. Alas, nothing was found other than some jasper and calcite as well as pieces of glass and plastic. Bring or rent the equipment that is recommended: having the right equipment makes a world of difference. One can choose to dry mine or wet mine, and most people seemed to opt for dry mining. We chose wet mining, learned the basic techniques by figuring it out ourselves, and then just went to it. Be pleasantly surprised if you do find something. We were there all day and heard one announcement that 2 very small stones had been found. There were hundreds of people there digging and as it was spring break, most of them included small children. We went home tired and achy but still considered it fun.

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

After a 1.5 hour drive from Hot Springs, we took our three sons: ten and seven year olds enjoyed, but our preschooler was ready to leave within an hour. My wife and I found it relaxing and therapeutic to quietly dig in the dirt in such a peaceful setting. Probably wont visit again (did not find anything after three hours of trying) but now we can mark it off our bucket list!

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Our family had so much fun "digging for diamonds". Although, we didn't find any of the sought after precious gem, we found other "precious stones". The staff were so patient we all the people of varying abilities and experience. And the "gem girls" were very helpful in identifying what we actually dug up. My tip would be to bring a big hat, sunscreen, work gloves, and lots of water. But , if by some chance you have forgotten any of these items, they are available for purchase in the gift store. You don't necessarily have to bring any tools because they are available to be rented for a small fee. Plus, you will have to carry all that other stuff.

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Spend an hour or a day, either way you'll enjoy this very different state park. I would recommend that you visit when it isn't rainy or hasn't rained within a couple days because it is very muddy, which makes getting around the diamond field difficult. If you can't avoid the rain, wear mud boots or old shoes. For a casual or first time visit, digging equipment is available for rent on site and is reasonably priced. Park personnel are very helpful and knowledgeable about the history of the crater and diamonds. Do a little research on their website before your visit so you can be prepared for what to expect at the park.

1  Thank Debi B
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We had a great time at this park. It was entertaining for us to watch the girls dig, get excited, and dig some more. It was a long ride from Hot Springs, but we stopped off at the General Dollar to pick up some scoops and shovels. There were several people there prepared with rubber boots and SERIOUS about the mining. Luckily, none of us were disappointed that we didn't strike it rich. Two hours was enough, with the drive, four hours of making memories.

Thank Susana T
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