Tuesday, May 24, 2022

My Crater of Diamonds State Park Visit

A few months ago, a co-worker/friend asked if I wanted to go in vacay to Arkansas with her.  It didn't take me long at all to say YES!  I've never been to AR and wanted to experience some of its wonders of nature.  One place we visited was Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

No idea what I'm doing, but guess I'm dressed for the part.

Admission to the park is $10 per adult and you basically go out into this vast wasteland of eroded volcanic crater in the hopes to find a diamond.  Visitors to the park search a 37-acre field for a variety of rocks, minerals, and gemstones.  Any rock or mineral you find is yours to keep. You may bring your own mining equipment to search with or rent tools from the park.  We brought our own buckets but rented the rest.  In the quest to find a diamond, you can also discover amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, quartz, and more rocks and minerals.

some supplies we needed for the dig

You start out by finding a spot where you want to dig the dirt and clay with shovels.  It all looks the same and I'm not sure if one spot is better than the other.  I honestly can't remember the exact term for it, but Rebecca and I first started out at a somewhat primitive area to sieve the rocks.  It was muddy, back-breaking work.  The first couple hours were hot and I was ready to call it quits.

ready to sift the mud and clay to find rocks and minerals

We finally meandered to a spot that was a lot more accommodating.  The troughs to sieve weren't near as muddy and you could see the rocks/minerals much more clearly.  It was a popular spot so we took turns digging in the dirt while the other sieved the mud and clay.  This allowed us to keep our spot at the trough.

You can't be afraid to get a little dirty.

It takes a "spy eye" to look through the rocks and potentially locate one that is worth something.  Some people brought forks or tweezers, and that's something I wish I would've thought of.  We spent approximately five hours at the park.

people at the main troughs

Once we were done, Rebecca and I took some of our finds to personnel to help identify what we found.  Diamonds were definitely not in our findings, but we did get calcite, jasper, lava rock, and other minerals.  I'm not 100% sure I'd go back, but did find the one-time experience to be interesting.

just a small section where people can dig


mail4rosey said...

That's a cool way to spend the day. And you got to see a new state too!