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Waymon Cox
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Crater of Diamonds State Park
Crater of Diamonds Search Field

Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! Over the next few weeks, travelers across the country will be making plans for spring break travel, and many will choose to visit Crater of Diamonds State Park. Spring break can be a great time to visit Arkansas’s diamond site, and the following tips can help you make the most of your diamond-searching adventure!

People walking to the search field at Crater of Diamonds State Park

One of the first considerations for a spring break visit to the Crater of Diamonds is the best time to come. The park opens daily at 8 a.m. With only a few days to spend, spring break visitors often arrive at the park early in the morning to make the most of their time here. The parking lot typically fills up fast, so the earlier you arrive, the better choice of parking you will have.

Many visitors like to make a preview visit before they actually search. The diamond search area closes at 4 p.m. daily and park buildings close at 5 p.m. Paid admission is required to enter the diamond search area, but you can check out our Visitor Center, gift shop, and museum free of charge. If you arrive in town the afternoon before you plan to search, check out the museum in our Visitor Center to learn why diamonds can be found here, how they were first discovered, and what they look like before you search.

Searching for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Another consideration is what equipment to bring for diamond searching. While the park offers sifting screens, buckets, shovels, and more for rent, visitors are welcome to bring their own tools to search with. Many visitors build simple screens at home or purchase premade screens from town. If you plan to search for diamonds over multiple days, buying or building your own screens can save money in the long run and save time over waiting in line to rent from the park.

An additional way to plan ahead for a springtime visit to the Crater of Diamonds is to learn the differences between diamonds and other rocks and minerals found here. Park staff offers free rock and mineral identification at the Diamond Discovery Center, but the wait for identification may be longer during busy spring break days. Instead, learn some of the key differences between diamonds and other rocks and minerals to help narrow down your search.

Diamonds from the Crater are usually small – about the size of a matchhead, on average. They may be white, brown, or yellow in color. They are typically clear enough to see into, but not straight through. Most distinctly, diamonds from here have a smooth, rounded surface and bright, metallic shine. Check for these characteristics when inspecting your finds. If something does not match this description, it probably isn’t a diamond.

Searching for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Other minerals commonly mistaken for diamonds include quartz, calcite, barite, jasper, and mica. By studying rock and mineral field guides or consulting educational resources at the park, you can learn to tell the difference between these various minerals and diamonds. If you still have questions about your finds, our park staff can give you a better idea of what you have.

After visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park, you can continue the experience of searching for diamonds at home! Each park visitor is allowed to take up to five gallons of sifted gravel home per day to search for diamonds later. Dirt may not be removed from the diamond search area. About half of all diamonds registered at the park are found by visitors who take their sifted gravel home!

We look forward to hosting thousands of visitors at the Crater of Diamonds each spring. If you plan to visit us this spring, we hope you’ll have an exciting and rewarding experience, regardless of whether you find a diamond or not!