Omg! The Best Crystal Mining Adventure Ever!

Hibiscus Moon Crystals, geology 20 Comments

So we’re back & I’m now sitting down to try to round up all the content I collected while out on our magical Crystal Dig RV Trip. It truly was a rolling sacred biz trip. Since I already gave you all the highlights in my weekly Glitter Updates, I’ll try to stick to just the actual crystal-digging in Hot Springs, AR here in this post.


So this was the adventure of a lifetime. I’m so glad Frankie (my hubby) & I did it!


In this video I:

  • compare & contrast the 2 main mines we went to, how to find them
  • show some of the crystals we hand-mined
  • give you digging tips
  • tell about the supplies you’ll need
  • explain why this was such a profound experience for me

My #BucketList Crystal Mining Experience

Why Hot Springs, AR?

You always hear about Sedona, AZ, right?

Well, let me tell you what’s so special about Hot Springs, AR nestled in the Ouachita Mountains & why I was called there.


Arkansas is known for having the world’s finest quartz crystals, many are water clear & supremely powerful. Not only are there abundant quartz crystal deposits throughout AR, but 1 particular area is known to be the single largest quartz deposit in the world; The Quartz Belt. It’s about 30-40 miles (48-64km) wide & extends a distance of about 170 miles (274 km) west-southwest from Little Rock, AR to eastern Oklahoma; the Ouachita Mountain region.


Planning it out was a big part of the fun! We carefully planned out our hot springs, caverns and crystal dig RV trip meandering our way slowly out of Florida, through Alabama, Tennessee with Arkansas as the final destination. I did it old school style; real map, magnifying glass and some crystal inspiration, of course!

The Hot Springs are all part of the quartz story here (and they really are HOT!)

The springs aren’t unaltered like in Yellowstone. Instead, they’ve been covered & protected (except for a couple of areas at the bottom of the mountain). They do this to keep them uncontaminated for public use. No pee-pee please!

People have been using these hot springs for healing baths since ancient times. There are so many beneficial minerals in these waters, it’s like an Epsom salt bath super-amplified! In fact the hot springs here have 53 ppm (parts per million) of silica! There you go. That’s the reason why quartz (silicon dioxide) is so abundant here.

How could I NOT go?

Why so Hot?

The average temp. of the water is 143º F/62º C. Surface water sinks down through faults & fractures about 1 mile deep into Mama Earth getting heated as it goes by the natural geothermal heating of the earth. There’s some evidence (& rumors) that there may be a super-volcano in this area.

The main street in Hot Springs is lined with a group of bathhouses built between 1892-1923 that tap into the healing waters. They’re gorgeous & taking a dip in 1 of these places is a must. This spot ain’t nicknamed Spa City for nothin’! One thing I didn’t see on the spa menus was a Crystal Healing session. I think they should come up with an Arkansas Quartz Crystal Therapy Immersion! What do you think? I’d be all over that!

Final Destination

My ultimate destination on this trip was to  hit the Jim & Ron Coleman Crystal Mines!


Having now done this I have a list of must-brings to share with you:

Crystal Dig Essentials

  1. hat
  2. sunglasses
  3. sunscreen
  4. closed toe shoes
  5. gloves
  6. small digging tools (with comfy handles, your hands will thank me!)
  7. bucket or container to hold your treasures
  8. something to sit on: a cushion, rolled up yoga mat, folded towel, etc.
  9. lots of water
  10. healthy snacks
  11. patience




At first they didn’t look like much. These are just a few of the many “diamonds in the rough” Frank & I mined with our hands!! But just brushing off a bit of the clay & holding them up tot the sun I could see there untapped potential. It was so exciting! 🙂


I knew we had some gorgeous treasures. I couldn’t wait to get them home & clean them up. They turned out to be water clear + of supreme quality. I loved the experience of working really hard to birth these babies from the ground myself.

Life is sweet?

(I also mentioned in the vlog I’d link to my post on the ethics of crystal mining.)

Here’s a video montage of the actual dig sites:

In the vlog above I mention this video where I show you how to do an oxalic acid wash:

Here are some of the beauties we dug, rounded up and cleaned at home…


Photos never ever do them justice. Do they?

Well, that’s the culmination of everything & I’m so grateful to have you to share it with! Interested in visiting? You can check out the Quartz Crystals – Arkansas webpage for great info on the area & to plan it all out.

Have you already been or plan to go? Please tell me in the comments below, Crystal Hottie!

Crystal Blessings,

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Comments 20

  1. This looks very exciting indeed. I am going to ‘treat’ myself to watching the video later. I really hope to do this one day. I’m in the UK and although some archaeological dig sites have found some crystals this year, I don’t know of any place here where you can ‘dig and take home’, so a future trip to the US really appeals. Wonderful photo of your finds. Must be a different feeling to have actually unearthed them yourselves 🙂

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  2. What a dream trip for a crystal junkie like myself. It is definitely on my bucket list. Just thinking about “birthing” one of those beauties makes me a little emotional so I can’t even imagine how you must have felt. Thank you so much for taking us all on the journey with you and sharing your experience and knowledge. Great tips for when I am ready to plan my adventure.

  3. Hi Hibiscus, I know you are super busy, but I was wondering if you would consider putting together a little tour to this place with peeps who admire you? Birthing crystals WITH you would be amazing. I would definitely sign up 🙂 Thanks for all you do.

  4. I’m a medical laboratory technologist with a specialty in histotechnology – 18yrs. in a hospital lab setting, and 2 in a Pharm. lab setting. I spent 2 years perfecting the special staining technique manual at my hospital. It was a lot of fun and a whole lot of science. I used Oxalic acid in a couple of staining techniques – to remove potassium permanganate after treating slides of tissue to it. Ultimately we were staining reticulum fibers in the liver with silver nitrate. I’m familiar with how to handle it yada yada etc. Is Oxalic acid good for any iron based deposits? Also, have you found it useful in removing other kinds of contaminants? Got a recipe for a strong de-calcifier – stonger than things like CLR but not quite as strong as the stuff we used to decalcify teeth? Some of the specimens I’ve had benefitted from a decal soln. but it wasn’t strong enough. Don’t have access to a lab anymore. 🙁

  5. For those of us who are not scientists or chemical workers, how would we have the hemitite removed from the crystals? Thank you.

  6. My hubby and I are going digging for crystals this weekend at Ron Coleman’s! I am so so so excited about it 🙂 Years ago when I was in high school I went digging for thundereggs in Oregon and that was a fantastic experience I’m surprised it took me a while to go rock hounding again! Still haven’t cracked them open yet…lol 😉

  7. I have the pleasure of living very near these mines. I have been to Ron Colemans Many times but have much better luck when I go to Coleman Miller Mine. Its more rustic but the precious ones I pull from there are amazing.

  8. Hi Hibiscus…Thank you for this wonderful presentation of this ‘must do’ activity. My husband and I are planning a trip from Colorado to birth crystals. You said you did this in an RV. We have a 26′ travel trailer and would like to know where you stayed. Were there full hook ups (preferred) and how was the facility in general. Do you have any other information about RV parks in the vicinity of the mines? Thank you, and great information you provided!

  9. My husband and I went digging for diamonds a few years ago, and even though we didn’t find anything, we had a lot of fun. Hot Springs is just an hour away from Crater of Diamonds, so we’ll definitely have to make a trip and hit up both!

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  12. I live in Missouri and just returned from Hot Springs. This was my 4th visit there. The 2sd time that we actually dug. The first time I got to because the Miller Mountain Mine caretaker brought me up a front loader of fresh mine mud. I am in a wheelchair and that sure net my needs in order to actually dig myself. This last time 2 weeks ago my husband just did the digging while I sit back in the shade and enjoyed Nature and knowing what I was the middle of. The equipment was broke and the rains had also made it to too slick to go down into the mine. But there’s plenty in those tailings. He didn’t get as much as the we did the first time . We are still waiting to see what they look like. The small ones are in the acid now. I also brought home several gallons of the drinking water. I’ll share pictures when they are all cleaned.💜

  13. Hi Hibiscus,
    what would you recommend to us crystal hotties who are not scientists how to clean our crystals we find?

  14. Since this post was originally from July 2015, I’m wondering if you have any updates regarding Hot Springs? I’m wondering if it’s still a good spot to go for clear quartz?

  15. Yes, Hot Springs is still abundant in crystals as well as many other minerals as of 2018. There are multiple places to mine, but odds are if you’re nice to a local they can tell you a spot to go for free that’s even better. After a good rain I can’t step out my door without seeing more than I can count. It’s a shame that some of the mines around here are making huge profits off of what almost all of us have buried in our yards.

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