The Crater of Diamonds State Park - Facilities
The entrance fee to the Crater of Diamonds State Park is only nominal. Including the diamond field the Crater of Diamonds state park consists of nearly 900 pine-covered acres located along the banks of the Little Missouri River. A scenic River Trail (1.3 miles a 1-hour hike) winds its way through the pine woods to the River. The facilities at the Crater State Park in Murfreesboro include:
- Modern campgrounds, restrooms and picnic areas
- Visitor Center with exhibits, an audiovisual room and gift shop
Crater of Diamonds State Park - The Diamond Field in Arkansas!
The Diamond field consists of a 35 acre field where diamonds and other different types of gemstones can be discovered. Gemstones found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro include amethyst, agate, jasper, quartz, calcite, barite and of diamonds. Although a diamond is generally assumed to be white or colorless they actually come in many different colors. The three most common colors found at the Crater of Diamond State Park in Arkansas are white, brown and yellow, in that order.
Crater of Diamonds State Park - Where do the Diamonds come from?
The diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park have taken over 100 million years to reach the diamond field! They are initially formed approximately ninety miles under the earth's surface when extreme temperatures (2200 degrees Fahrenheit) and massive pressure cause carbon atoms to crystallize forming diamonds. The rough stones reach the surface of the earth when a volcano erupts via volcanic pipes. When a volcano erupts the precious stones are also deposited on, or near, the surface. Some of the host rock might be washed away by streams and rivers. Diamonds are therefore found in areas or locations such as the Murfreesboro area in Arkansas where there have been volcanic activity or erosion and where natural elements such as streams, rivers and even glaciers might have taken them. A volcanic explosion blasted the Murfreesboro area in Arkansas and created a massive crater. It has taken 100 million years for diamonds to develop and surface at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.