Crater of Diamonds State Park Campground Reopens September 1, 2010, Following Renovation

For Immediate Release

MURFREESBORO, Ark.--The Crater of Diamonds State Park has been enhanced over the past few years by several exciting new facilities for park visitors to enjoy while experiencing Arkansas’s diamond site. Diamond Springs, the park’s mining-themed aquatic playground, opened in 2004 to the delight of visitors of all ages, especially families with young children. The following year saw the Diamond Discovery Center open its doors, an engaging 3,900-square-foot interpretive facility that serves as a gateway to the park’s diamond search area and an in-depth introduction to the adventure of searching for diamonds. The park campground reopens today following a year-long renovation, according to Park Superintendent Justin Dorsey.

The campground now features 47 RV campsites with 20 amp, 30 amp and 50 amp electric service, and water and sewer hookups. Each campsite includes an extended outdoor living area furnished with a picnic table, pedestal grill, fire ring/grill, and lantern hanger. Most sites also have a tent pad. Two campsites are barrier-free to accommodate the needs of visitors with disabilities. The barrier-free sites are situated adjacent to the campground’s two barrier-free bathhouses.

These campsites are $28 per night, with discounts for 62 years of age and older, 100 percent or permanent disability, and, at this time, the Golden or America the Beautiful Access Card. “Before the renovation our campground featured 59 campsites,” Dorsey said, “however, now it includes 47 sites because the renovation included adding more space between the campsites for more privacy. And, more width and length at each campsite now make it possible for bigger recreational vehicles to park here.”

For camping enthusiasts, the campground offers an additional five, walk-in primitive tent sites at $11 per night with the same discounts.

The $1,331,559 construction project included all roads and utilities and was funded by the state’s General Improvement Fund. The contractor was Goslee Construction Corporation of Bonnerdale. McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. of Little Rock served as the design consultant.

According to State Parks Director Greg Butts, “The Arkansas state park system has undergone a wide range of improvements that include campground upgrades around the state.” He said, “Camping is among the most popular activities enjoyed in the state parks. Because of this, many enhancements have been focused on improving the camping experience for our campers,” said Butts.

To reserve a campsite at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, reservations may be made online at ArkansasStateParks.com or by calling the park at 870-285-3113.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. A short trail connects the campground to the diamond search area at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. This 37 ½-acre plowed field is the eroded surface of the eighth largest diamond-bearing deposit in the world in surface area. It is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public.

On average, two diamonds are found by visitors each day at the park. The park’s policy is finder-keepers. What park visitors find is theirs to keep. The park staff provides free identification and certification of diamonds. Park interpretive programs and exhibits explain the site’s geology and history and offer tips on recognizing diamonds in the rough.

In addition to the campground, diamond search area, Diamond Discovery Center, and Diamond Springs aquatic playground, the park also offers a camper registration center with restrooms, picnic sites, café, laundry, gift shop, and trails.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is two miles southeast of Murfreesboro. It is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

For more information, contact: Justin Dorsey, park superintendent, Crater of Diamonds State Park, 209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, AR 71958. Phone: 870-285-3113. Email: justin.dorsey@arkansas.gov. Or visit craterofdiamondsstatepark.com.

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