Crater of Diamonds State Park
For the treasure hunter this is an exciting park and lots of fun
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Ever dream of finding a treasure? Here is your chance to find a diamond and keep it! This park is an eroded surface of a volcanic center, the eighth largest in the world and is open to the public to seek their fortune. When you come, be prepared with some old clothes, especially if it is muddy, since you need to get down in the dirt to hunt for the gems. You can rent some tools to aid you or bring your own equipment. After rains, it is often easier to spot the diamonds if they have turned up on the surface, but mud boots might be appropriate for that. People either dig in the overturned dirt, or walk the rows looking for the diamonds. There is an admission fee to the fields, but if you find a diamond, it is well worth it. When we were there, we didn't find a gem, but the admission provided us a lot of fun. Below is the visitor center where there are lots of displays and where you enter the fields. Below is the campsite area where we stayed. Great camping area! If you want to stay in a motel, check out the town of Murfreesboro nearby.
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You have to get down in the dirt to find the shiny gems.
Everyone gets dirty looking for the treasures.
Some people walk the fields looking for the diamonds.
When you get a bucket of dirt, you can go to the washing trough to sort through the dirt.
Dick is washing off excessive dirt to see if there is a shiny gem in the bucket he collected.
If you don't want to hunt for diamonds, this is a great park for biking or hiking.
This is the beginning of a concrete trail down to the river.
Down the steps and onto the trail.
This is an easy walk down to the Little Missouri River.
A quiet, serene place to enjoy the river.
Signs along the trail help you understand what you are seeing.
The concrete walkway ends at the river. For a scenic return, you can go back on a dirt trail.
Rustic bridges cross the streams along the path.
At times in the year, the creek beds are dry as is the one in this picture.
Had to take a picture of this unusual tree.
The dirt trail is about at its end as Dick walks through the woods.
Along the trail there is a place to stop and exercise.
Back at the beginning of the trail again on the concrete pathway.