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Old 03-02-2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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Anyone been to Crater Diamond State Park? Sounds like fun.
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We talked about that. I was hoping to hear from someone who has been there.
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We have been there. What would you like to know?
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I was wondering about the camp ground as there aren't many pictures of it on the web site.

Also what time of the tear did you go? Is it over crowded in the summer months?
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We have been there. What would you like to know?
Was it fun? Would you go again? Could not find a map of the campground, could you recommend a site? Should we stay at another campground? etc.

Did you find any diamonds?
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:09 AM   #6
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It has been several years ago and when we went we did not have our trailer. We stayed in a motel. However, we did walk through the campground and it was very nice. As I recall, the sites are large with a "woodsy" atmosphere. If we would take our trailer there we would definitely try to stay at the campground in the park.
The diamond hunting was fun but after a few hours of tromping through the mud it became boring. We were there in the spring (March or April I think) and immediately after a rain. Most available information says the search for diamonds is better after a rain but we quickly learned the soil is a heavy clay type material which sticks to your shoes like crazy. If you go when it's wet I'd advise wearing shoes or boots that you don't mind just throwing away when finished. The mud added several pounds to our feet and tired us out as time moved on. They publish the findings of larger stones but most of those found are very small ... about the size of a pin head.

Would we go again? Yes, probably, but it would not be right after a rain. We are retirees who do things like this just for fun and don't anticipate making a living finding precious stones. We don't need the added burden of the mud.
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Well...I was hoping I could retire after going there. We are thinking of going around the end of may. Sounds like fun. Will have to stop in Hot Springs too.
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Was it fun? Would you go again? Could not find a map of the campground, could you recommend a site? Should we stay at another campground? etc.

Did you find any diamonds?
Click on the "Park Brochures" button, lower right, then select "Park Information Brochure". A .pdf file will open. Page two of the .pdf is a map.
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Click on the "Park Brochures" button, lower right, then select "Park Information Brochure". A .pdf file will open. Page two of the .pdf is a map.
I must have missed that. Thanks.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:59 PM   #10
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Went there a LONG time ago and would not go back imho

We liked Maumel Recreation area and Hot Springs a LOT better than there....
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