Wegner’s Crystal Mines


The Ouachita Range runs east to west, squeezed between North America’s other ranges, and for that reason (or maybe not), its geological richness coughs up all kinds of crystals and diamonds and petroleum products. Proprietor Richard Wegner of Wegner’s Crystal Mines outside Mt. Ida, is a happy rockhound transplanted from Chicago decades ago. Not only can you dig up crystals, he says if you’re nice you can camp on his 218 beautiful, environmentally friendly acres (surrounded by National Park on two sides), and fish in his lakes. Tell him MO sent you.

  • Matt

    Although I think this piece would have been more accurately titled ‘Top 10 places to visit in Southwest Arkansas’ it never the less does and informative job of highlighting some often overlooked gems of that area. If you ever make your way up to North Arkansas though a few places worth checking out are Eureka Springs, Mount Magazine, & The Oark Cafe. And as the Butler Ozark Map will tell you any road you choose to get there is guaranteed to be a great ride!