LOOKING FOR QUARTZ AT DIAMOND POINT Located in the state of Arizona, Diamond Rim Quartz Crystal Collection Site is open to the public, free of charge, for the non-commercial collection of quartz crystals. I also have to say this, any sale of these crystals other than from the legal claim is a violation of federal law. This is true on all Federal lands. Many places have been closed due to illegal activities of certain people. Do not be one of them.
NOW ON WITH THE FUN Located north of Payson in Arizona. Take 260 heading East. The road you want to take is FS 64. It will take you to Tonto village. That is the point on the map. About 3 miles West of there is FS 65, which is the road to the lookout tower. The sign is about a mile up the road and on the right. Diamond Point has been known about for hundreds of years. It has provided many happy moments to many people. One of my fond memories was of leaving the claim and passing a school bus going in the opposite direction. Tired as I was, I turned around and followed them back up the road. I think I made a lot of kids happy that day. By the way, to any teachers, I would still do this free of charge.
Collecting of crystals can be done year round. Digging can only be done from October 1st thru February 28. Payson Diamonds can be found on the surface or up to five feet down. I have seen it first hand. The closer a person digs to the host rock, the more pristine the specimen. The host rock is limestone, part of the Martin Formation, 300 to 400 million years old. The crystals probably formed about 100 million years ago, in what I believe were methane bubbles trapped within the limestone. Some of the cavities I have seen have been the size of basket balls, some were empty of crystals, some were not. When one is standing at the sign one is standing on the host rock. You will notice when walking over the area that a lot of digging has occurred here. Some have said that the crystals are all gone, I do not believe this for a second. One other thing about the limestone here, it will weather at its weakest point, that point is the pockets.
MY HISTORY WITH DIAMOND POINT Even though I had been collecting at Diamond Point for many years, 1997 was remarkable. I remember that March night watching the comet Hale-Bopp sore through the skies above Mogollon Rim. That morning a friend I was digging with challenged me to find a new dig. I had no idea of what would happen in the next few days, let alone the next couple hours. As we drove around looking I said lets go back to the spot where we had been the day before. When we got there and parked Robert grabbed his tools and started to walk over to those digs, I told him to wait up, I then walked about 10 feet from truck and put my pick in the ground. Not only did crystals fly out of the ground, but they were the legendary Amethyst Payson Diamonds. I put away the pick and started digging with a screw driver. There was hardly an inch of soil that did not have a crystal. The more we dug the more we found. This was a large area and produced more crystals then anyone had ever seen, all of high quality and most being purple. More to come.............