What to do in Crater of Diamonds State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park is located in southwestern Arkansas. Crater of Diamonds offers visitors the chance to hunt for and keep real diamonds. Camping and picnicking facilities are also available.

Crater of Diamonds State Park allows visitors the opportunity to hunt for and keep real diamonds. Visitors can search a 36-acre field, the world's only diamond site where you can prospect for and keep any gems you find. Amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, and quartz are examples of other gems that are found. Since Crater became a park in 1972, over 22,000 diamonds have been carried home by visitors.

Prospectors enter the field through the park visitor center that includes exhibits and an A/V program explaining the area's geology and tips on recognizing diamonds in the rough. Park staff provide free identification and certification of diamonds. Digging tools are available for rent.

The park also offers 60 campsites, picnic sites, a cafe, laundry, gift shop, trail, interpretive programs and a water play area.

Recreation
Prospecting for diamonds is the primary activity at Crater of Diamonds State Park. Visitors will also find camping, picnicking and hiking. Interpretive programs are offered as well.

Location
Crater of Diamonds State Park is located in the Gulf Coastal Plain Region of southwestern Arkansas. The park is found two miles southeast of Murfreesboro on Arkansas Hwy. 301.

Climate
Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

Address
209 State Park Road
Murfreesboro, AR 71958

Phone: 870-285-3113

Email: crater@arkansas.com
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