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.
Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.