One Hot Springs gem that is often times overlooked is quartz mining. In fact, geologists have named Arkansas and Brazil as the best places in the world to find quality quartz crystals. In 1976, the quartz crystal was named the official Arkansas state mineral.
The Ouachita Mountain surrounding Hot Springs was considered a mystical location by Native Americans. The crystals which come from the mountains were believed to have sacred and spiritual significance. Historical evidence indicates that Native Americans as early as the 1500s were using quartz in tools and weaponry.Then in the early 1900s because of its ability to maintain steady vibrations, quartz was mined to use in oscillators. Oscillators can be used in computers, clocks, watches, radios and metal detectors.
Ron Coleman’s in Jessieville and Wegner’s in Mount Ida, both near Hot Springs, give visitors two extraordinary places to go prospecting for quartz crystal deposits. Coleman’s and Wegner’s offer:
- Daily mining
- Mine tours
- All-day unlimited digging
- Gift shops with quartz crystals to purchase
Even though the mines are open all year, the best months for digging are spring and fall when the temperatures are milder. It’s best to wear old clothes and shoes because digging for crystals is a dirty business. The best days for digging are after a rain. For more information check out colemanquartz.com or wegnercrystalmines.com.
Coming to Hot Springs for a Quartz Crystal Mining Getaway would be lots of fun and educational. We’d love to have you stay with us at our Hot Springs inn, and we’ll provide directions plus dark towels for cleaning up after your dig. We have wonderful rooms that are both comfortable and quiet and offer a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton. Fall is here offering cooler temperatures and would be the perfect time to check out the mines. Make your reservations for the Inn online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a fun-filled Hot Springs vacation.