By: 
Tayler Markham
 Updated: 
family digging for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park
Digging for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! With summer here, we are planning exciting new programs for park guests in the months to come. This summer will be a special one for the Crater of Diamonds, as we celebrate 50 years as an Arkansas State Park! Visitors who buy admission to the diamond search area from now through the end of November can enter to win a replica of the fabulous Esperanza Diamond pendant for the park’s 50th Anniversary.

The best way to learn about the Crater of Diamonds is by exploring this fascinating state park. Join a park interpreter for a guided walk around Prospector Trail or take a self-guided hike. This easily-traversed, graveled trail is 1.2 miles long and takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to complete. The trail intersects with several points of historical and geographical interest, including historical roads and rock outcroppings that are unusual for this area. While hiking this summer, stay heat smart by drinking plenty of fluids, dressing in lightweight, light-colored clothing, and wearing proper shoes. The park also recommends wearing a hat, sunscreen, and bug spray while spending time outdoors.

We will also host several evening programs on Fridays and Saturdays beginning in June, including firefly hikes and owl prowls. See how fireflies offer more than just a pretty evening light show or learn about the owls that make Arkansas their home and venture down the Little Missouri River Trail to make owl calls and listen for a response. Check out our event calendar for all of our latest programs. 

We also offer a variety of summer programs for younger diamond searchers, including Jasper Bingo, Colors in the Rocks, and How a Diamond Forms. Kids ages 6 to 14 can become Arkansas State Parks Explorers by connecting with state parks, learning how to be safe, and sharing their park experiences! To get started, children can request a Parks Explorer Field Guide at any Arkansas State Park. Once they have completed the program, they will take the explorer pledge and receive a certificate and badge! For more information about the Arkansas Parks Explorer program, visit www.arkansasstateparks.com/about/education/become-park-explorer.

Attend a program or hike this summer, and you’ll find that the Crater of Diamonds is much more than just a dirt field! Check our Events page at www.CraterofDiamondsStatePark.com for details about these and other upcoming programs, workshops, and events.

Search Area Last Plowed: May 19, 2022
Most Recent Significant Rainfall: June 10, 2022
  • June 16 – 99 pt. white
  • June 19 – 1.09 ct. white; 1 pt. white; 4 pt. white
  • June 21 – 15 pt. white