Some of the best adventures are those hiding in plain sight. This fall and winter, you and your friends can dig for gems in Arizona. The desert is filled with hidden gems and this spot has to be one of our favorites.

If you're making a stop through the Grand Canyon State and want to dig for your own gemstones, you should head over to Payson, Arizona. You can find the exact directions here for your trip. Diamond Point is open year-round and no tools or digging is allowed during this time, so plan accordingly. 

It's important to know that shallow digging is only allowed between October - February. The best time to find crystals is after rain on a very sunny day. You'll see them the gems in the sun if they're close to the surface. Treasure hunter will be your new nickname after a day spent at Diamond Point. 

There's no cost to dig here and there's parking along the side of the road. You can step away from the usual trail and venture off a bit. It's possible that you might not find crystals your first time, but that's all the reason for you to go back. 

Most of the gemstones you can find here are quartz crystals. They come in so many sizes. Some people have found crystals that fit perfectly into the palm of their hand. 

The crystals can be used to make your own jewelry or for DIY projects. Maybe you can decorate a picture frame with the quartz you found for your BFF's birthday?

Besides quartz crystals, it's possible to find geodes and petrified wood. Whether you're looking for an adventure in the forest or spending a day with friends digging for gemstones is best spent with friends. 

Diamond Point

Price: Free

Location: Payson, Arizona

Why you should go: You and your friends can search for your own gemstones and use them to make jewelry. It's the perfect adventure for a girl's trip. 

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