Find a diamond and adventure in a Spring Break trip to CODSP
How would you like to own your very own shiny, rough diamond? In March, 2012, 34 people went home from their Spring Break trip to the Crater of Diamonds State Park with that beautiful souvenir. Four visitors found their over-one-carat diamonds right on the surface. Those sharp-eyed visitors were from Sulphur Springs, AR, Garland and Alba, TX, and Polk City FL. And, best of all, the admission fee investment for all 34 diamond finders was only $7.00 for teens and adults over 13 years old, $4.00 for elementary school children from 6 to 12 years old, and free for our youngest visitors, under 6 years old. Recognized groups, like church groups and scout troops, pay reduced fees. To arrange for these rates, just call the park at 870/285-3113.
The staff here at the diamond mine are preparing to roll out a red carpet welcome for our Spring Break visitors. This year that includes a food cart serving all-American favorites from 11 AM-4 PM, special programs to let you visit with our expert miners, and evening programs at the campground amphitheater on subjects like our large famous diamonds and the early 1900’s diamond mining operations.
It hasn’t been a harsh cold, snowy winter at the park this year, but we will still be welcoming spring when it comes. Our March high temperatures last year ranged from the upper 60s to the lower 80s. Lows stayed in the upper 30s and lower 40s. This part of Arkansas has been in a two-year drought, so we only had two days of rain in March, 2012. But, visitors should still throw in their rubber boots.
Those warm March temperatures mean that spring flowers in this area will be in full bloom. The dogwoods look like white clouds in our piney woods, and the spring beauties carpet the forest floor on our River Trail.
If you enjoy spring camping, get the camping gear out of storage, dust it off, and then call soon to reserve your spot in our campground. Especially the five primitive sites will be reserved by the middle of February for all of the March weekends. We get lots of compliments on our campground due to the $1.3 million renovation three years ago that put in sewers, AAA rated electricity, and wi-fi.
Our website, www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com, will answer most of your questions. But, be sure to call if you need more information. While you are online, take a look at the nearby state parks. They offer cabins and lodge rooms, golf, fishing and boating, and plenty of hiking and biking trails. Historic Washington State Park, just 30 miles southwest of the diamond mine, is worth an extra day to see an entire town restored to the 1840s with two courthouses, a school, a blacksmith shop and printing and gun museums.
So, expect a warm southern Arkansas spring welcome when your adventure to find those shiny pebbles brings you to the only public diamond mine in the world, where “finders-keepers” is always the rule.
Search area last plowed: December 4, 2012; Most recent significant rainstorms: January 29th
Total diamonds found in 2013: 84
Diamond finds for the week of January 20-February 2, 2013 (100 points = one carat):
No diamonds registered January 20-21.
January 22 – Ashton Wallace, Delight, AR, 3 pt. white; Josh Payer, Sioux Falls, SD, 11 pt. brown; Tyler Payer, Sioux Falls, SD, 13 pt. brown; Alysia Payer, Sioux Falls, SD, 15 pt. white; Nalini Payer, Sioux Falls, SD, 26 pt. brown
January 23 – Adam Hardin & Ted Olson, Barberton, OH, 3 pt. white
No diamonds registered January 24-25.
January 26 – David Anderson, Murfreesboro, AR, 4 pt. white; 23 pt. white; 54 pt. brown, 1.09 ct. white
January 27 – Timothy Gray, Royal, AR, 16 pt. white
No diamonds registered January 28-29.
January 30 – Billy Moore, Murfreesboro, AR, 2 pt. white, 3 pt. brown, 6 pt. brown, 7 pt. yellow, 10 pt. white, 13 pt. yellow, 17 pt. yellow, 18 pt. yellow, 36 pt. yellow, 67 pt. yellow
January 31 – Adam Hardin, Barberton, OH, 4 pt. white, 37 pt. white; David Anderson, Murfreesboro, AR, 2 pt. yellow, 5 pt. white, 14 pt. brown, 29 pt. white, 77 pt. yellow
February 1 – Timothy Gray, Royal, AR, 5 pt. white
February 2 – Pam Olson, Rice Lake, WI, 6 pt. yellow