Dig for Quartz Crystals at Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

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You’ll dig for and collect Quartz crystal points and clusters at the Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine.  It’s located north of Mount Ida, Arkansas.

This location has been written about in rock & mineral magazine and there are multiple YouTube videos showing ordinary rockhounds collecting beautiful Quartz crystals and Quartz clusters.

Sweet Surrender Crystal mine is located in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains and is known to be located in the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.

This mine provides a great opportunity for crystal collectors to dig for these unique crystals in an open pit area. Don’t worry the process is fairly simple and you’re guaranteed to find some amazing crystal points.

Once again, this is an excellent location for families and junior rockhounds.

Keep reading below to learn more about what to bring, clothing types, and driving directions.

Quartz Crystals and Clusters

Quartz is one of the most common minerals in the Earth’s crust because it’s made of silicon and oxygen. With its elegant simplicity and mesmerizing clarity, quartz has fascinated both collectors and artists since ancient times.

It is found in sedimentary rocks as grains of sand and as crystals in igneous and metamorphic rocks. You can find Quartz crystals throughout the United States but the best location for digging and collecting these amazing crystals is in Arkansas.

quartz crystal from sweet surrender

Tools and Tips

A rockhound will want to pack a variety of tools for this trip. They should have snacks and drinks in case they get thirsty or hungry. Don’t forget about the weather and make sure to dress appropriately.

This is a primitive area with no facilities or services but it does have a port-a-potty.

Must-Have Tools and Accessories 

  • Rock hammer
  • Medium shovel
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Big wheeled cart for the hike up to the mine
  • Hat or sombrero
  • Screwdriver
  • Small garden tools
  • Gloves
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve (depends on weather)
  • Boots
  • Towels for drying off
  • Fresh clothes (you’re going to sweat)


Make sure you’re a good steward of the property.  Please pick up any trash and leave the location better than when you found it.

Most importantly, have fun collecting, and feel free to email us about your trip.

sweet surrender crystal mine

Driving directions

Hwy 88 and Hwy 27, Washita, AR


Randy 870-867-7014
Becky 870-867-7075
email: randyskates@windstream.net

Mine Website


Digging Fees
$25.00 for adults
Children ages 10-14 is $10.00
Children ages 9 and under are free with paying adults

Please call before coming to let us know you are wanting to dig. We are always happy to go open the mine and walk-ins are welcome.


GPS Coordinates


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