AAA Editor Notes
Crater of Diamonds State Park is 2 mi. s.e. on SR 301 at 209 State Park Rd. Called the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public, the park allows visitors to keep any precious and semiprecious stones they find. More than 75,000 diamonds have been uncovered in this ancient volcanic crater since 1906, including the 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight. The visitor center displays another find, the 1.1-carat cut Strawn-Wagner Diamond—one of the most perfect diamonds ever certified. The Diamond Springs Water Playground is open in the summer.

Though not necessary, trowels are helpful in digging for stones. Rental equipment is available at the Diamond Discovery Center, which offers an instructional video and identification of finds.

Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.

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Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
Fitness Center
ECO Friendly
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Accessible
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Admission
Park free. Diamond search area $8; $5 (ages 6-12). Water playground $6; $4 (0-41 inches tall); free (ages 0-2, limited to three children per paying adult). Ages 0-10 must be with an adult age 18+. Phone ahead to confirm rates.
Hours
Park open daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Visitor center open daily 8-8, Fri. before Memorial Day to mid-Aug.; Fri.-Sat. 8-8, mid-Aug. through Labor Day; daily 8-5, rest of year. Water playground open daily noon-6, Sat. before Memorial Day to mid-Aug.; Sat.-Sun. noon-6, mid-Aug. through Labor Day. Park closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closes Christmas Eve at noon. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.
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