in the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World

There's a good reason why each October the town of Mount Ida hosts the
World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig. The nearby Crystal Mountains
range of the Ouachitas contain some of the world's finest deposits of
quartz crystals. Several area mines allow digging and miners keep all the
treasure they find. Quartz specimens and a variety of other rocks and
minerals are also available in area rock shops.

The Ouachita Mountain area of Arkansas is considered a mystical location
by Native American tribes. The hot and cold springs in the "Valley of the
Vapors" (now the city of Hot Springs) was considered a place of peace for
even warring tribes. Shamans traveled to "power points" in the
mountains where the earth's energy was said to be the strongest, and the
beautiful quartz of the Ouachitas was believed to have sacred and
spiritual significance.

Geologists say that Arkansas and Brazil have the best quality quartz in
the world, and today rockhounds, families and tourists from all over the
world head for the Ouachitas to go prospecting in the abundant Quartz
Crystal deposits. Whether you are interested in mining for your own
crystals or would prefer to find the perfect crystal in one of the many
Rock and Gem shops, you will surely treasure the natural beauty and
"energy" of your own Ouachita Quartz Crystal.