Arkansas Quartz Crystals

Arkansas Quartz Crystals

Arkansas Quartz Crystal
Arkansas Quartz Crystal

Arkansas’s quartz crystal deposits are unparalleled in the United States in both quality and quantity. In fact, worldwide, only Brazil offers any real competition to Mount Ida, Arkansas’s “Quartz Crystal Capital of the World” claim to fame. Throughout the Ouachita Mountains, naturally occurring crystal veins are abundant. Locals know, in the Ouachita’s quartz can be found almost anywhere. However, for rockhounds, the best places to dig are in operating crystal mines.

Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine, Story Arkansas
Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine, Story Arkansas

Arkansas’s quartz crystal mines are surface mines, or “open pit” mines, where the mine operators have pulled back the top layer of earth using heavy equipment in order to mine the quartz veins below. The rockhounding experiences available vary by mine, according to the operating procedures of each mine as well as the naturally occurring quartz deposits themselves.

Some mines allow the public to dig in their “tailings” only, large mounds of dirt which have been removed by the mine operators in pursuit of larger deposits, while others permit digging on a wall or in an open pocket (sometimes for an additional fee). Still others maintain “seeded” tailings piles or areas, some especially suited for children, where other minerals and items of interest to amateur rockhounds can be found in more of an “Easter egg” hunting experience.

Characteristics of the quartz found in each mine vary according to the unique geological features in each area. In some mines, the crystals are found in clay, in others, the crystals may be attached to a matrix of sandstone or shale.

Some mines offer a “dig all day – keep all you dig” experience while others offer tours and dig by the hour rates. No matter where you choose to dig, you’re sure to enjoy the experience of discovering your own hidden treasure! Here is a list of pay-to-dig quartz crystal opportunities:

In Montgomery county (Mount Ida/Story):

Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine
Mine ID: 0301826
Horseshoe Bend Rd and Hwy 27N, Story, Arkansas
(870) 867-0104
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Surrender-Crystal-Mine/57016973722
Website: http://www.sweetsurrendercrystals.com/

Twin Creek Crystal Mine
Mine ID: 0301859
Collier Springs Rd / 177, Mount Ida, Arkansas
(870) 490-0672
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twincreekmine
Website: http://dixiecrystalco.com/

The Crystal Seen
Mine ID: 0301837
2568 Highway 270 E, Mount Ida, Arkansas
(870) 867-4072
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crystal-Seens-Shop/114553345267153
Website: http://www.crystalseen.com/

Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines
Mine ID: 0301530, 0301710, 0301831
82 Wegner Ranch Rd, Mount Ida, Arkansas
(870) 867-2309
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wegnerquartzcrystalmines
Website: http://www.wegnercrystalmines.com/

In Garland county (Hot Springs):

Jim Coleman Crystal Mines
5837 North Highway 7, Jessieville, Arkansas 71949
(501)-984-5328
Website: http://jimcolemancrystals.com/

Ron Coleman Mining
Mine ID: 0300681
155 Crystal Ridge Ln, Jessieville, Arkansas
(501) 984-5396
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RonColemanMining
Website: http://www.colemanquartz.com

In Polk county (Mena):

Board Camp Campground & Crystal Mine
Mine ID: 0301993
110 Hickory Ridge Rd., 71953
(479) 243-0771
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Board-Camp-Campground-Crystal-Mine/204786819655824
Website: http://www.boardcampcampground.com/

Please Note: This list is a work in progress! If you know of a “Dig Your Own” Quartz Crystal Mine in Arkansas we’ve forgotten, please let us know!