Minerals and Geology - Crystal Vista
The Forest has developed one quartz crystal collecting area: Crystal Vista on the Womble Ranger District near Mount Ida, Arkansas. It is not an active mine site and there is no fee to collect quartz from this site. For more information on Crystal Vista, contact the Womble Ranger District at Telephone 870-867-2101. Please Note: Because this site is no longer an active mine, it is well picked over and provides a limited collecting experience for most folks.
Located on the Womble Ranger District in Mount Ida, Arkansas, Crystal Vista is the Ouachita National Forest's first developed crystal collecting area. It's a beautiful location at the top of Gardner Mountain overlooking Lake Ouachita and Mount Ida to the north and scenic mountain ranges to the south. Located in the Crystal Mountain Sandstone Formation, this is the heart of the quartz crystal producing area. There is a parking area at the base of the mountain and a good trail to the site. It will take about 20 minutes of moderate hiking uphill to get to it. It's a fun place for the kids to look for small crystal points and white quartz rock. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view (please pack out all trash). And, don't forget your camera!