Do you ever dream of striking it rich? Do you wish you could finish a camping trip with more in your pocket than what you started with? Maybe you are just an adventurer at heart and you like the thrill of a good treasure hunt. If any of these describe you, then prepare to point your RV in the direction of Crater of Diamonds State Park in southwest Arkansas.
At Crater of Diamonds State Park you will find the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. Their park policy is “finders, keepers.” Any diamonds, semi-precious stones, rocks, or minerals you unearth are yours to keep, regardless of their value. And find them, they do! Not just itty-bitty ones either. A white diamond weighing in at over 8.5 carats was found in 2011 and numerous small diamonds are recorded almost daily on the state park’s website. The park truly is a rockhound’s delight. In addition to diamonds, visitors can find lamproite, amethyst, banded agate, jasper, peridot, garnet, quartz, calcite, barite, and hematite.
If you tire of digging for diamonds, or you have already filled your pockets with all that you can carry, there are lots of other things to do at Crater of Diamonds State Park. Activities include interpretive programs, wildlife observation, trout fishing on the nearby Little Missouri River, and making a splash in the park’s 14,700-square-foot water park with spray geysers, sprayers, water jets, animated waterspouts, cascades, water slides, and waterfalls.
When you are ready to turn in for the night, you can return to the campground at the park, which features 47 class AAA campsites with full hookups and five walk-in sites. If you can’t get a reservation there, you can try the Miner’s Campground located just outside of the park or Daisy State Park in Kirby, AR.
Maybe you will strike it rich on a trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park, maybe you won’t, but it never hurts to try! So pack your buckets, shovels and screens in your RV and make your next camping trip a treasure hunt in southwest Arkansas.