Each year from April 1 to Oct. 1, the Great Salt Plains digging flats is open to the public for crystal digging.  This area is the only, one of two places in the world to dig for hourglass Selenite Crystals.


Each year from April 1 to Oct. 1, the Great Salt Plains digging flats is open to the public for crystal digging.  This area is the only, one of two places in the world to dig for hourglass Selenite Crystals.

When you first approach the digging area it looks as if the land is covered with snow or water.  What you see is the reflection of salt/sand and a mirage such as you would see in a desert.  Stay on the marked road way as you will drive over a mile on the flats to the digging area.   DO NOT leave your car running as the vibration from the motor will cause your car to sink up to its frame.

The selenite crystals are located just a few inches to a foot below the surface and can be found by dragging a sharp object through the sand/salt until you go through a crystal patch. (A sound like broken glass will be heard.)  You then dig a hole just off to the side of where you heard the broken glass sound down several feet until you reach water.  Water is then splashed on the sand/salt area around the top until the crystals are exposed.  Handle the newly exposed crystals very gently as they are still growing and will break easily until hardened by the sun.

Selenite crystals come in clusters or as a single crystal. Small ones are made into earrings, larger ones into necklaces but gentlemen please do not carry selenite crystals as pocket pieces as the edges are sharp.

It is a very hot area, even on a cool day, so please take cold drinks, hats, a rug to wipe your feet on, water to wash you hands and feet but most of all — stay home when the outside temperatures are above 95. We also bring kites, airplane/gliders, hand tossed toys to enjoy on this Great Salt Plains area.

The Salt Plains in Oklahoma are located just a good hour’s drive south of Pratt making it a nice day trip.

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Fishing tip:  Hot weather crappie fishing is usually slow but you can increase your chances if you use minnows, about an inch long, or fish after dark with a light.  Using a # 6 or #8 hook  and snipping off one side fin with fingernail snipers will make the minnow swim side ways and faster than normal calling attention to its actions. After dark fishing is another column.