Crater of Diamonds State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arkansas

Located in Pike County in the city of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, the amazing Crater of Diamonds State Park attracts thousands of visitors per year. Sure, the park is pretty enough, but the real draw here is the fact that this is one of the only places in the world where visitors can search for diamonds at their original volcanic source.

An average of 2 diamonds are found on the 37-acre plot each day by park visitors, and these lucky people are welcome to take their findings home. In addition to diamonds, visitors have also found a variety of other precious gemstones, all of which were taken home by their finders. 

The temperatures at Crater of Diamonds State Park vary greatly throughout the year, with the chilliest nighttime lows falling well below freezing and the summer highs in the 90s (°F). The rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, meaning there isn’t a wet season, but small amounts of rain can be expected anytime.

In our opinion, the best times to visit the park are in the spring and fall, when the temperatures are mild. 

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Weather
Spring 46-73 F
Summer 72-94 F
Fall 38-63 F
Winter 28-52 F
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Nearby Cities
Murfreesboro, AR
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Crater of Diamonds State Park

Tent camping during your trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park is fine, but the best way to camp is in an RV. By choosing an RV, you’re opting for comfort and convenience during your diamond digging adventure.

Fortunately, getting your hands on the perfect RV doesn’t even need to be a challenge, thanks to the hundreds of rentals available through RVshare. These rentals come in all shapes and sizes and at every price range imaginable, meaning you’re sure to find something to suit your needs perfectly. 

Want another bit of good news? This particular state park has an entire campground onsite. The campground is complete with water, sewer, and electric hookups at every site, as well as a dump station, two modern bathhouses, and even free Wi-Fi for campers. With so many amenities, you can stay right in the middle of the action without sacrificing anything in the way of comfort.

Unfortunately, this onsite RV park can fill up quite quickly. Therefore, you may want to know a bit about other options nearby.

Murfreesboro RV Park

Located just a mile north of Crater of Diamonds State Park, this awesome campground is the perfect place to stay when visiting the area. The staff are beyond friendly and helpful, and the amenities and rates cannot be beat. That said, there are only 10 RV sites available, so make sure to book early! Rates start at $30 per night. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Free ice; free book and DVD library; children’s play area; full-service bathhouses and laundry

Castle Keepers RV Resort

1 mile north of Murfreesboro and just 4 miles from Crater of Diamonds, Castle Keepers RV Resort is yet another excellent choice when it comes to places to stay. This campground offers a variety of options when it comes to campsites, and the many recreation opportunities within the campground make it a destination in and of itself. Rates start at just $20 per night. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Fishing; shuffleboard; disc golf; nature trail; restrooms and outdoor shower

Miner’s Camping

The closest options yet, Miner’s Camping is located right next door to Crater of Diamonds. This campground is extremely friendly, with staff who are always willing to help out. The people here love diamond mining and are happy to share their knowledge with visitors. Rates start at $25 for 30-amp electric. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: N/A
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Catch-and-release pond; playground; firewood for sale

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What to Do at
Crater of Diamonds State Park

Inside Crater of Diamonds State Park

Obviously, the number one reason to visit Crater of Diamonds State Park is for the diamond mining. After all, who wouldn’t want to find their very own precious gem to take home? That said, this is far from the only thing to do in the park, and we highly recommend checking out the other activities offered by the park during your visit. 

Some cool experiences and activities at the park include:

Walking/Hiking — The park boasts a variety of lovely, easy-to-walk trails. Take advantage of this and go on a hike to check out some of the beautiful Arkansas wildlife that likes to hang out in the park.

Water Play — One of the more unique features of Crater of Diamonds is the amazing water park located onsite. This amazing water play area is tons of fun and the perfect way to cool off on a hot, Arkansas summer day. There are admission fees to use the water park, so be aware of this and plan to spend the whole day.

Fishing — Everybody loves a relaxing day spent fishing. Use one of your days in this fabulous park doing just that.

Interpretive Programs — Want to learn more about the park? The ranger-led programs offered here are a great opportunity to learn something new and interesting, all while having a great time.

Outside Crater of Diamonds State Park

While Crater of Diamonds certainly is the main attraction in Arkansas’ Pike County, there is still plenty to see and do outside of the park. In fact, we recommend planning a day or two outside of the park itself in order to make sure you get the very most out of your stay. 

Restaurants

Everyone has to eat, and sometimes cooking just doesn’t sound like fun. That’s where these wonderful Murfreesboro eateries come into play:

Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant

If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant is the place for you. Here you can enjoy excellent versions of all of your Mexican favorites.

Type: Mexican

Location: Murfreesboro, AR

Southern Dine

Of course, no trip to Arkansas is complete without some good old-fashioned comfort food. Luckily, Southern Dine offers just that: delicious comfort food just like your grandma makes. 

Type: Comford food

Location: Murfreesboro, AR

Shopping

Want to do a bit of souvenir shopping? There are plenty of fun and unique shops located in Murfreesboro. Check out these three favorites:

Hawkins General Store

An awesome old-fashioned soda shop and knick-knack store, Hawkins General Store is a great place to pick up some memorabilia. Be sure to grab a sweet treat while you’re there, and enjoy the nostalgia this place offers. 

Location: Murfreesboro, AR

Caddo Gifts, Antiques, and More

Like a good antique find? Caddo Gifts, Antiques, and More is where you need to be shopping. Here you’ll find all kinds of unique goods that will make your shopping trip well worthwhile. 

Location: Murfreesboro, AR

Town Square Gallery

Art enthusiasts will love Town Square Gallery. Whether you come simply to enjoy the pieces displayed or to shop for something for your home, you’re sure to be happy with what you find. 

Location: Murfreesboro, AR

Sightseeing

Wondering what to see and do once you leave Crater of Diamonds? Try out these cool local attractions on for size. 

Dino Dig

If you happen to run into a rainy day during your trip, you can still do some digging. Dino Dig is an awesome place where kids can dig for “dino bones” or gemstones in a temperature-controlled indoor environment. 

Location: Murfreesboro, AR

Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village Museum

For those with more mature tastes, the Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village Museum is a wonderful way to spend a day. Not only will you be entertained, you will almost certainly learn some new things. 

Location: Murfreesboro, AR

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How to Get to
Crater of Diamonds State Park

While Crater of Diamonds is a bit out of the way, it isn’t hard to find or get to. That said, instructions vary depending on where you’re coming from. We recommend putting the address into your GPS before heading out and then writing those directions down in case you lose reception.

The address of the park is:

209 State Park Rd

Murfreesboro, AR 71958

Entering Crater of Diamonds State Park

Just like most state parks, this park does have admission fees. That said, there is not one fee that covers every activity. Instead, you pay a fee based on what you intend to do during your time there.

Diamond Mining : $10

$6 for children

Water Park : $10

$6 for children

We are so excited for your trip to Crater of Diamond State Park! We hope you’ll share some of your trip photos stories with us on social media or by shooting an email over to [email protected]. We might even choose your story to be featured on our blog or social media channels!