The best place to dig crystals is a fee pay mine

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Fee Pay Crystal Mines

If you want to dig your own crystal, the best and showiest pieces can be found at the mines. The following is a listing of fee-pay quartz mines in the Ouachita Mountains.

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At most of the fee-pay mines, the miners collect from veins and pockets in the walls and floor of the mine, usually a pit. The mine operators don't get ALL the good quartz! They load up the tailings and clay from the pockets and bring the material out and dump it in the fee area.

With some effort to dig through the tailings, you can collect nice material. Quality and quantity of specimens vary greatly from mine to mine and even at each mine on a daily basis, depending on what the mine operators are digging in. If they have a lean collecting day, so do you. If they have pockets galore, then you'll get some goodies also. Mining regulations have changed from years gone by, and you may be escorted by a mine employee for safety reasons.

Arrowhead (formerly Leatherhead) Matthew Price, Mt. Ida

Board Camp Campground and Crystal Mine, Cheryl and Orville Murphy, 110 Polk 62, Mena, AR 71953

Ron Coleman, Little Blakey Road Jessieville, AR 71909

Fiddler's Ridge, 3752 Hwy 207 Mount Ida, AR 71957

Miller Mountain, PO Box 21, Jessieville, AR 71949

Fischer Mountain Rockhounding Area, contact Judy's Crystals

Gee & Dee Crystal Mine, Story, AR north of Mt. Ida

Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine Mount Ida

Wegner Mines, 82 Wegner Ranch Road, Norman, AR 71957