Dig for Quartz Crystals atTwin Creek Crystal Mine

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You’ll be digging for and collecting Quartz crystal points and clusters at the Twin Creek Crystal mine.  It’s southeast of Mount Ida, Arkansas and it’s an actual open pit mine.

This location has been written about in rock & mineral magazine and there are multiple YouTube videos showing ordinary rockhounds collecting beautiful Fire Agate nodules.

You’ll spend most of your time digging and prospecting in the actual mine for Quartz crystals and Quartz crystal clusters.  Don’t worry the process is fairly simple and you’re guaranteed to find some amazing crystal points and Quartz crystal clusters.

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.

This place is amazing! From the moment I pulled up I got a good vibe! After a neat drive through the woods, the road opened up to the mine before me and there were people already crawling over over the dig site, and sparkles all over the dirt. This was my first experience at rock hounding and let me just say that I am hooked! And I will be back. The location is great and the staff there is super kind and helpful to a new digger like myself. I found so many lovely pieces and the staff even gave me advice on how to clear my crystals. Love this place!!!
crystals from twin creek
New Rockhound

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.

crystals from twin creek

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.

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.

digging for crystals

Driving directions


Collier Springs Rd. / 177, Mount Ida, AR

(870) 867-4945


GPS Coordinates


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