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Finding Free Diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Crater of Diamonds State Park Sign

Crater of Diamonds State Park Sign

Digging for Diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds

Do you consider yourself to be a lucky person? Do you win when playing card games? Do you occasionally win when playing the lottery? If you knew that you could find your diamonds or other precious stones with a little bit of effort and luck, would you be interested?

Near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, there is a 37½-acre plowed field where, if fortune is smiling upon you, you can find glittering tokens of your love for that special someone. Established in 1972 is the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

"Finder's Keepers" is the rule of the day. It is the only place in the United States where diamonds and other minerals can be found and kept by the general public in a state park. The entire park consists of nine hundred and eleven acres and is a beautiful spot to visit whether lady luck is shining on you regarding the finding of gemstones or not.

Some gigantic diamonds have come from this site, including a 40.23-carat diamond! With perseverance and a tremendous amount of luck, perhaps the next Hope Diamond is waiting to be discovered!

Endless Supply of Diamonds!

This state park is in an area where an extinct volcano once existed.

Will it ever run out of diamonds? The answer is no. The bed that contains this treasure trove goes down to a depth of 120 miles! With the forces of erosion, things will forever be coming to the surface.

As of this date, tickets cost $11.50 for adults and $7.30 for children. There is a limit of no more than 1,500 people per day allowed on this site. Extra precautions are in place during COVID-19. Look at the website source at the bottom of this page for more information.

Take time to view the video below to learn more information about this site and why some people have moved to the area to do prospecting frequently.

Addressing the subject of digging for diamonds...

Angels are like diamonds. They can't be made, you have to find them. Each one is unique.

— Jaclyn Smith

Visiting Arkansas

According to the video below, the discovery of two diamonds a day happens in Crater of Diamonds State Park. Sadly we did not have the time to try our luck digging for diamonds as we had made reservations for lodging ahead of time and had to meet our schedule. But, if you have the time, I thought that I would pass along this information about the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Since Arkansas touches Texas on its southwest border, I will hopefully get to spend more time in that state, discovering more of its treasures. Arkansas is a beautiful state! My mother and I spent a vacation in parts of Arkansas for one year and came away with many happy memories.

The only national park in Arkansas, located in Hot Springs, was definitely on our list of places to see. Eureka Springs is worth a trip destination, as we discovered. Just outside of Eureka Springs was the beautiful Thorncrown Chapel. Those were only a few of the noteworthy sites we enjoyed while traveling by car that year.

Most people are aware that former President Bill Clinton was born in Arkansas. Many other famous people came from there as well. Here is a partial listing: Douglas MacArthur, Glen Campbell, John Grisham, Johnny Cash, Mary Steenburgen, Louis Jordan, Bear Bryant, Sonny Liston, Billy Bob Thornton, Al Green, Helen Gurley Brown, and many more!

If digging for diamonds does not interest visitors to Murfreesboro, searching for arrowheads might do the trick. There is an Indian village there where visitors can try their hand at doing just that. Nearby Lake Greeson and the Little Missouri River offers numerous aquatic activities. If you have never visited Arkansas, you might wish to put it on your bucket list.

Some people get lucky in finding diamonds in this park!

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“True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.”

— Nicole Richie


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 15, 2019:

Hi Dale,

I am happy to be able to introduce this state park to you. Hope you find a gigantic diamond. Afterward knowing how you like the water, you can get some nearby aquatic activity as well.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on May 15, 2019:

I LOVE this idea, Peggy! I have long been fascinated by the idea of exploring and discovery so this is right in my wheelhouse. It is definitely going on the places to visit list. Thanks for sharing it with us all.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2019:

Hi Roberta,

Finding diamonds that you would be able to keep would be fun. The same thing could be said for pearls. Happy to know that you enjoyed learning about this state park in Arkansas.

RTalloni on March 29, 2019:

How fun! I'm a pearl girl myself but it would be a neat thing to try finding a diamond in this field. Thanks for highlighting this amazing place in this post.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2019:

Hi Aurelio,

When my mother and I were vacationing in Arkansas many years ago, we had our time already planned so did not have the extra time to dig for diamonds in the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Like you, I think that it would make for an interesting day, or part of a day just for the experience.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 18, 2019:

I'd probably be one of those who doesn't find a diamond. Still, it's such an unusual and one-of-a-kind thing to do that I'd gladly visit and dig if I'm ever in Arkansas.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2018:

Hi Doris,

Thanks for your comment and I am pleased to know that you enjoyed this article. So very sorry to hear about your accident and resulting pain. Digging for diamonds would probably not be the best activity for you now.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on September 22, 2018:

Peggy, very nice article about the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Although I've lived all but 8 years of my life in this state and still live here, I've never taken the opportunity to dig for diamonds. Now after being in a city bus rollover that has left me in pain, I may never be able to. Thanks for the trip via your beautiful photos and article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 08, 2017:

Hi Peg,

Glad you liked this information as to the past volcano in Arkansas causing all of those diamonds to be formed. If we lived closer and I was younger it would have made for a fun outing trying to dig and find one. I agree.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 08, 2017:

Years ago I would love to have gone prospecting for diamonds in this field. It sounds like a fun adventure and an outing to remember. I had no idea there had been a volcano in Arkansas to cause these diamonds. Very interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2017:

Hi Athlyn,

Did you ever find a ruby at Ruby Rock? Good luck in finding a good diamond specimen if you ever decide to go digging for them in Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on September 11, 2017:

This looks so interesting!

In a similar fashion, we had a spot called Ruby Rock and one could go and dig for rubies there.