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Crater of Diamonds State Park
Vacation Travel Guide

This state park in Arkansas is possibly the only place in the world where you can dig for diamonds and keep whatever treasure you find.

At first glance, Crater of Diamonds State Park looks like an average plowed field. Dig a little deeper and you may just go home with a diamond. Visit one of the world’s only public diamond mines in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. The area, which is the eroded surface of a volcanic crater, is the world’s eighth-largest diamond-bearing area.

Join over a century of diamond seekers. In 1906, John Huddleston, a farmer, was looking for gold, tin or lead and saw glittering pebbles. Upon discovering that they were diamonds, word spread quickly and people flocked to the area. In 1972, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism purchased the site and continues to operate it as a diamond mine. Sift through the 37.5-acre (15.2-hectare) field to see what treasures you find.

Begin and end your visit in the Diamond Discovery Center. Rent tools for diamond prospecting. Tour interactive exhibits about the park’s history and watch a video on how to search for and identify diamonds. Check out the diamond hunters’ Hall of Fame, featuring notable finds in the Crater of Diamonds. At the end of your trip, bring diamonds and other finds here to be identified and certified by a park staff member.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or other refreshments in the Kimberlite Café Restaurant. Purchase a souvenir to remember your visit, from T-shirts to diamond-hunting tools, in the gift shop.

Cool off in Diamond Springs Water Park, the park’s aquatic playground. Fitting with its surroundings, everything has a mining theme. Splash around in the large wading pool or play in the geysers, water slides, waterfall and more. Soak up the sun on the sprawling deck.

Visit Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas daily throughout the year. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Diamond Springs Water Park is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Come and go as many times as you want in one day using your admission ticket. Look for arrowheads to go with your diamonds at the nearby Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village.

Top Hotels Close to Crater of Diamonds State Park

Rustic Cabin Number 2 for a low Price
Rustic Cabin Number 2 for a low Price
Murfreesboro, AR
The price is $38 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated in a rural location, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Crater of Diamonds State Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Pike County Court House. Ka Do Ha Indian ...

3.6/5Good! (18 reviews)
Close to the COD

"Just like camping..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Rustic Cabin Number 2 for a low Price
Two Bedroom Vacation House ~ Walking Distance To Crater Of Diamonds
Two Bedroom Vacation House ~ Walking Distance To Crater Of Diamonds
Murfreesboro, AR
The price is $100 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated in Murfreesboro, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Crater of Diamonds State Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Pike County Court House. Ka Do Ha Indian ...

3.7/5Good! (58 reviews)

"It served its purpose. I felt it could have been cleaner but it wasn’t really dirty. It was nice and quiet mostly, and it was so close to the crater."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

Two Bedroom Vacation House ~ Walking Distance To Crater Of Diamonds
Rustic Cabin one at a discount price
Rustic Cabin one at a discount price
Murfreesboro, AR
The price is $38 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated in Murfreesboro, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Crater of Diamonds State Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Pike County Court House. Ka Do Ha Indian Village ...

4/5Very Good! (25 reviews)
Great Location

"The owner we met, Bob, was super nice. He even chopped firewood for us :) This site is as close as you get to the diamond crater without staying in the actual park. Prepare to rough it...the cabin is tiny and you have to cross a road to use the bathroom and shower. However, it was very adequate if ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2020

Rustic Cabin one at a discount price
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Crater of Diamonds State Park

Rustic Cabin Number 2 for a low Price
Rustic Cabin Number 2 for a low Price
Murfreesboro, AR
The price is $38 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Rustic Cabin Number 2 for a low Price
Two Bedroom Vacation House ~ Walking Distance To Crater Of Diamonds
Two Bedroom Vacation House ~ Walking Distance To Crater Of Diamonds
Murfreesboro, AR
The price is $100 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Two Bedroom Vacation House ~ Walking Distance To Crater Of Diamonds
Rustic Cabin one at a discount price
Rustic Cabin one at a discount price
Murfreesboro, AR
The price is $38 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Rustic Cabin one at a discount price
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Rustic Cabin 3 .
Murfreesboro, AR
The price is $38 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
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River View Hideaway on Little Missouri River
River View Hideaway on Little Missouri River
Murfreesboro, AR
River View Hideaway on Little Missouri River
Creekside # 3 - Your Home Away From Home!
Creekside # 3 - Your Home Away From Home!
Murfreesboro, AR
The price is $119 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Creekside # 3 - Your Home Away From Home!
Creekside # 4 - Your Home Away From Home!
Creekside # 4 - Your Home Away From Home!
Murfreesboro, AR
The price is $139 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Creekside # 4 - Your Home Away From Home!
Little Shamrock Motel
Little Shamrock Motel
2.5 out of 5
919 North Washington Avenue, Murfreesboro, AR
Little Shamrock Motel
Best Location In Town ~ Perfectly Situated In The Heart Of Downtown
Best Location In Town ~ Perfectly Situated In The Heart Of Downtown
Murfreesboro, AR
Best Location In Town ~ Perfectly Situated In The Heart Of Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.