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MURFREESBORO, Ark. — The diamond search field at Crater of Diamonds State Park will open Friday with some restrictions.

"We are pleased to be able to welcome people back to search for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds just in time for the Memorial Day weekend," said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, in a news release. "It is one of the most popular destinations in our system of state parks, and we have had many questions from people who are anxious to again have the opportunity to find and keep their very own gem."

Admission will be limited to 500 people per day. Tickets can be purchased online at CraterofDiamondsStatePark.com and those ticket holders will have more direct access to the mine area. Walk-up tickets can be purchased in the Visitor Center, where maximum occupancy will be limited to 15 persons. All 500 daily limit tickets will be available online. This may mean some days will be sold out and walk-up tickets will not be available.

The statewide health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will require that the following rules be followed:

No diamond-mining tool rentals at this time. Guests are asked to bring their own tools as described at the Crater of Diamonds website; no electric or gas-powered digging tools are allowed. Hand sanitizer will be available for guests in the Visitor Center. Face coverings will be required for all persons present in the following park facilities: Visitor Center, Diamond Discovery Center, North and South Sluice Pavilions, all four Sun Shelters.

Children under the age of 10 are not required to wear face coverings. To keep a safe distance in the search field, guests and associated groups will be asked to keep a 12-foot distance between other guests, unless they are wearing face coverings.

Diamond Mine hours: seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitor Center hours: seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walking trails, picnic areas and RV camping at the park will still be open to all visitors. The Diamond Springs Water Park will open at a date to be determined.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is located on Arkansas Highway 301 in Murfreesboro. It is one of 52 state parks administered by Arkansas State Parks, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.

- From the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism

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