Sarah Reap
Spring break at Crater of Diamonds State Park
Spring break at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! With a mild winter behind us, it’s not too hard to believe spring is already here. Looking forward to warmer weather and school breaks, families from all over the country are planning spring break trips, and several will choose to spend time at the world-famous Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Spring is a great time to plan a trip to Crater of Diamonds! As the weather warms, we have several programs planned to aid visitors in their diamond-searching adventure at the park.

A 30-minute Daybreak Diamond Tour will be offered at 8:30 a.m. every Saturday in March. A park interpreter will lead guests through the diamond search area and discuss the in-depth history of the Crater of Diamonds, as well as different searching techniques. Attendees will walk about half a mile over rocky, uneven terrain. Bring drinking water and wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting dirty or muddy. Meet at the edge of the diamond search area.

Diamond Mining 101 demonstrations will take place almost every day from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the upper level of the Diamond Discovery Center. This program will guide guests through different methods of searching for diamonds, give an up-close view of wet sifting techniques, and show what real Crater diamonds look like. If you can’t make it to Diamond Mining 101, a pushbutton video on the upper level of the Diamond Discovery Center also illustrates the three most popular searching methods.

Along with regularly scheduled programming, park interpreters will also offer a variety of craft programs, especially for spring breakers! These hands-on crafts are set for March 10, 15, and 20, each program will last 45 minutes. Crafts will include making your nature journal, wire wrapping a rock picture holder, and creating a take-home rock vial. All craft programs will be first come first serve and have limited supplies.

For more information about spring break programs at the Crater of Diamonds and other Arkansas State Parks, see our online calendar of events at