Board Camp Crystal Mine

Useful Information

Location: 110 Polk Rd 62, Mena, AR 71953.
From Mena Highway 8 east to Board camp.
(34.536583, -94.091083)
Open: Last Weekend FEB to OCT Mon, Thu-Sun 9-15.
Only with reservation!
Fee: Adults USD 35, Repeat Visitor USD 25, Children (0-15) free.
Groups (10+): 10 % discount.
Classification: MineQuartz Mines ExplainFee Mining
Light: n/a
Guided tours:
Address: Board Camp Crystal Mine, 110 Polk Rd 62, Mena, AR 71953, Tel: +1-479-243-0771.
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2012 mine opened by Orville and Cheryl Murphy.



Board Camp Crystal Mine is one of numerous mineral collecting sites in the area. You can collect and keep whatever you find, no restrictions. This site differs though, as it is necessary to make a reservation. The mine is operated by Orville and Cheryl Murphy, who purhcased the site in 2012. They offer a discout for returning visitors, which is quite unique.

The site is rather basic, they do not sell food, but they rent tools. Nevertheless, we recommend to bring your own equipment, sun protection, rain protection, insect repellent, boots, boxes for the finds, food and drink. Smoking and drinking is not allowed on site, they say its federal law, but obviously they are not fond of drunken guests.

The outstanding thing with this mine are actually not the crystals, its the UnXplained Tours, which tell the story of the strange phenomena happening at Board Camp Crystal Mine. They even sell a book on Amazon. We don't comment on this.