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Crater of Diamonds named Region 4 Park of the Year

Crater of Diamonds named Region 4 Arkansas State Park of the Year

Crater of Diamonds State Park is being honored as Park of the Year in Region 4. The annual award is given to one park that shows a commitment to excellence in each of the system's five regions.

“Crater of Diamonds State Park is one of the busiest parks in our system, and the park team has done an excellent job of welcoming our guests to the park” Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann stated. “With a record-setting year in revenue and visitation, the park has really set a high standard in customer service and hospitality. I am very proud of them.”

Revenue was up by nearly 22% from the previous fiscal year. It was also a record year for park visitation, with almost 180,000 guests coming to the Crater of Diamonds between July 2015 and June 2016.

“To get the Crater experience, you have to participate,” said Park Interpreter Waymon Cox. “You have to get sweaty, muddy, and tired. The thing is, the magic works even if you don't find a diamond. The $8 admission fee isn't buying a diamond or even a lottery ticket. It's buying an adventure. It's buying a story. The diamonds are just a bonus.”

Crater of Diamonds State Park offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience—the adventure of searching for real diamonds. Visitors search over a 37 ½-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of the world's eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater. If a guest finds a diamond, it is theirs to keep.

Other park amenities include 47 Class AAA campsites and five walk-in tent sites, an enclosed pavilion with air conditioning and heating, picnic sites, a gift shop, trails, laundry, Kimberlite Café, and Diamond Springs Water Park.

Arkansas State Parks manages 52 diverse parks across the Natural State, including the unique Crater of Diamonds State Park.