Best Hiking Trails in Crater of Diamonds State Park
You will find that most of your walking at Crater of Diamonds State Park is done on the search area, a 37 acre plowed field that gives visitors access to a volcanic crater where diamonds might possibly be found. After a good night's sleep in one of the Crater of Diamonds State Park hotels, you also might want to explore farther afield, via one of the many hiking trails in the area.
1. Little Missouri River Trail
This easy hiking trail takes you on a short circular walk from the Crater of Diamonds State Park cabins and campground to the scenic Little Missouri River.
2. Prospector Trail
Another low-key hiking route, this allows visitors to see all the unique geological features of the park. Just keep in mind that you have to pay an additional fee to search the diamond field itself.
3. Wildlife Observation Blind Trail
This is a 15-minute walk to a well-hidden wildlife observation blind where you can see deer, squirrels, and even armadillos.
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Best Family Activities in Crater of Diamonds State Park
Bring the family to stay in one of the Crater of Diamonds State Park cabins, for an experience that children of all ages can enjoy.
1. Diamond hunting
Spend some time prospecting in the diamond search area. For a small fee, you could find yourself an actual diamond—anything that you find, you get to keep! It's a real-life treasure hunt for kids (and adults) of all ages.
2. Diamond Springs Water Park
After a long day prospecting, the kids can cool off at the Diamond Springs Water Park, a mining-themed activity pool.
3. Diamond Discovery Center
Learn more about the unique geology that led to the creation of the diamond search area in the on-site visitor center. There are also exhibits about the history of diamond prospecting and some of the men who made their fortunes from this gemstone.
4. Wildlife spotting
Take a break from all things diamond related, and head out to the wildlife observation blind, where kids will enjoy the chance to spot some local wildlife. Sign up for a guided hike, and a local ranger will help you identify the animals, birds, and plants you see.