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Is Digging For Diamonds in Arkansas Worth It?

Is Digging For Diamonds in Arkansas Worth It?


digging for diamonds in arkansas

Southwest of Hot Springs, Arkansas there is a park where you can dig for diamonds. Arkansas has historical roots in being a diamond state, and this credit is found on their license plates and state flag. 

In August of 1906, John Wesley Huddleston discovered a diamond on his land, by accident. Since then the land has evolved into a state park where people from all over spend their afternoons and weekends digging in the soil for diamonds. 


Visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park 




Before you visit the park, you may want to consider bringing a few key items or purchasing your own tools. If you visit in the summer, as we did, we highly suggest bringing plenty of sunscreen and water!


What Should I Bring? 
  • You can rent tools (e.g., wooden box screens, knee pads, army shovel, wagon) at the park for a small fee plus deposit. The deposit you will get back when the tools are returned. 
  • The prices are pretty reasonable. For example, a folding army shovel can be rented for $4.00 with a $20 deposit. 
  • We recommend the "Basic Diamond Hunting Kit", which includes a folding shovel, screen set, and 3.5-gallon bucket. 
  • For more information on renting tools at the state park, click here: Tool Rental


How and Where to dig 
  • Where you dig is ultimately up to you. There are a lot of beliefs about "hot spots" around the park, but really, finding diamonds is a true treasure hunt. 
  • There are three methods for digging for diamonds:
    • Surface Searching (Kate's method) - walk up and down the rows of dirt and look for glimmers of light.
      • If it's recently rained, this is your best method as rain washes the soil away. 
    • Dig (Kyle's method) - dig through the first 6" - 1' of soil. Sift through the soil with the screens.
    • Dig deep holes, remove the right type of soil, and test with a screen - this requires more understanding and experience. 




Is it worth it? 

Ultimately, at the end of the day, we did not find any diamonds. We found plenty of glimmering pieces, but no diamonds. When you are done digging for diamonds there are experts on site who will assess your findings and let you know if you have found any diamonds. 

For an afternoon, yes, digging for diamonds is worth it! As a couple, we enjoyed it. For families, we imagine it would be a good vacation as there were plenty of kids enjoying the afternoon playing in the dirt. 

While we did not find any diamonds, we sure enjoyed the experience and the drive back to Hot Springs. 



1 comment

  1. Wow! This looks so fun. I had no idea this was even a thing in the states! Adding to my travel list :)

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