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Quartz Crystal Info

 

Before Bill Clinton, Arkansas and Mt. Ida were especially known around the world for quartz crystal. Mother Nature blessed the Ouachita Mountains with the most beautiful quartz crystal in the world. That's why Mt. Ida is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World. We welcome all rockhounds (both amateur and professional) and will do our best to help you fulfill your dream of finding the perfect specimen. You won't want to miss our annual Quartz, Craftz, & Quiltz Festival, and World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig in October.

Let's start with a little history: Once upon a time... crystals happened! How, when or where is beyond the scope of this web page, but we will include some links to other informative sites at the end of this page.

The word "mine" conjures up visions of dark, underground tunnels. The crystal mines around here are open pit surface mines. The crystal is found in clay pockets along quartz veins. You can find more information on how to dig and clean crystal or own a mine at the various links and mining companies found on this page.

Brewer Mining
Wholesale, Retail. Call Patrick & Susan Brewer: (870)867-4033

Crystal Haven
Wholesale, Retail, Dig your own. Call for hours and fees:
(870)867-4625
Located four miles east of Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270, turn right on Sunrise Hills Drive.

T N T Rocks & Gifts
Wholesale, Retail. Darrin & Sheila Harris: (870)867-5203
Located four miles east of Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270.

Fiddler's Ridge Rock Shop & Crystal Mines
Wholesale, Retail, Dig your own. Jim & Kathy Fecho: (870)867-2127
Located seven miles east of Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270.

J's Crystal Bonanza
Retail. Phone: (870)867-6201
Located in Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270.

J.D. Rocks
Retail. Phone: (870)867-5235
Located 3 miles west of Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270.

Leatherhead Mining
Wholesale, Retail, Dig your own (by appointment only)
Tony Thacker: (888)249-2276 or (870)326-4871
Located 12 miles west of of Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270.

Judy's Crystals N Things
Wholesale, Retail. Ray McGrew & Judy Morton: (870)867-2523
Located 6 miles east of Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270.

Robins Mining Company
Wholesale, Retail, Dig your own. Phone: (870)867-2530
Located in Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270.

Stanley Rock Shop
Wholesale, Retail, Dig your own. O. "Sonny" Stanley: (870)867-3556
Located in Mt. Ida on Pine Street off Hwy. 270.

Starfire Mines
Wholesale, Retail, Dig your own. Charlie & Shirley Burch: (870)867-2431
Located 11 miles east of Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270.

Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine
Wholesale, Retail. Stuart Schmitt: (870)867-2443

Wegner Crystal Mines
Wholesale, Retail, Dig your own, Camping, Fishing.
Phone: (870)867-2309
Located 8 miles south of Mt. Ida on Hwy. 27 then left on Owley Rd.

If you are a United States Resident, you are part owner of the Ouachita National Forest where most of the quartz crystal is found. The U.S. Forest Service is responsible for taking care of your property and they also make it available for you to use. The Forest Service, Womble Ranger Station, is located one mile east of Mt. Ida on Hwy. 270 and they are available (during normal working hours) to answer all your questions about where to find quartz crystal. They have brochures for driving tours and information on several old mining areas that are open to the public for digging crystal. Make sure you know the restrictions that are intended to protect our land from abuse before you start any full scale mining operations. Also, there are several government leased mining areas that, without the lease owners permission, you will be unable to enter. this Forest Service web site contains the information you need to know about what you can do on your land: U.S. Forest Service.


Lots of great information about crystal and a chance to "Ask Mikey" the Geologist all those hard technical questions.


Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Quartz Crystal Hunting Page



Minerals and Geology on the Ouachita National
Forest from the Forest Service Perspective.

 

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