View the remains of a 50,000-year old meteor impact, which crashed with a force greater than 20 million tons of TNT ... More
View the remains of a 50,000-year old meteor impact, which crashed with a force greater than 20 million tons of TNT exploding. 550 feet deep and nearly 2 1/2 miles in circumference, its terrain is so similar to the moon that NASA used it as a training site for Apollo Astronauts. The visitor center features exhibits and multi-media presentations. A gift shop and snack bar are available onsite. Located 35 miles east of Flagstaff on Interstate-40. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children.
For someone who appreciates the history of our earth and the unimaginable forces that shaped it, this is a must see. I never understood how people could tell an eroded volcano cone from a meteor crater. This is explained clearly and illustrated by the rocks around the rim. Up close and personal. This is not everyone's cup of tea, but I was blown away. (Almost literally, it was windy.)
Pros: its neat to see something like this. They have a big chunk of the meteorite which is neat.
Cons: Tour wasnt running because it was too windy. Cost was way to high for what we were able to see and do.
We should have taken a picture from the road and turned around...It was $15 per adult and after getting our family in for $54 we saw a short film and a pritty lame museum. Then we looked at a big hole... so not worth the money.
A 1/2 hour+ from Flagstaff and worth the trip. Definitely take the 1-hour tour (it comes with admission) - you can access parts of the crater rim during the tour that you can't otherwise. Our tour guide (Eduardo) was fantastic.
We expected to be able to drive to a lookout or something to see but NO WAY! It costs $15 a person to see a 10 minute movie, see a big hole and go into a poor museum! I would not tell anyone to see this for this price, maybe $5 would be worth it!
I used to drive right past the Crater's museum but I was so curious as to why the surrounding desert was so red when you got close to the impact site. So I finally allowed myself a couple of hours to explore this natural wonder and wasn't disappointed.It's a bit pricey but they have a wonderful museum showing other impact craters around the world and samples of meteors. But walking along the rim of the crater, I kept thinking of the movie 2012 and the implications of a direct strike on one of our major cities. I shudder to think of such a thing but it IS a reality. I was quite humbled by looking at this relatively young crater and the immense hole the meteor dug out of the earth. Definitely a must see on your way to Winslow.
For Those people who say it is just a hole in the ground....... You just don't get it !. We humans as tourists often look at our own history of building old castles , old bridges or pyramids etc,and we say WOW how interesting, but this site is a site that represents a huge explosive event in the earths natural history. We need to stand on the rim of the crater and wonder what it would have looked like when it actually happened ?. What did it do to local Flora & Fauna at the time?, and more importantly what would happen if a meteor of this size (or bigger) crashed into our earth today ?
As for value, its one of those places that you will see probably once, so consider it a once off expense.
This was one of our stops during our vacation in and around AZ. I thought it was pretty cool. Some might say yeah it's a big hole in the ground, big deal, but when you stop to think of what it must've been like when that thing hit the ground, it's pretty amazing. Some say admission is high but I thought it was about right given the cleanliness and relative "newness" of the facility. Nice building, parking lot, sidwalks, guardrails, lookout platform, gift shop, and a Subway. Clean bathrooms a plus. Re: another reviewers comments about the uniforms--they are professionally done and resemble Park Service uniforms I suppose, but in no way do they come so close as to attempt to deceive you into this being a National Park or other govt. administered park. It's privately owned and I reckon the uniforms are purely an attempt towards professionalism. Anyway- The crater notwithstanding, the scenery to the horizon looking out from this high point is barren, desolate, and also beautiful and humbling. Middle of nowhere, to be sure. Oh yeah, there's also an Apollo test capsule there and a nice display covering the astronauts outside too. In sum, I'd stop again. If you're in that neck of the woods, I wouldn't pass it up.
Meteor Crater is a big hole in the ground, just like many other similar holes in the ground which can be seen for cheap or free. This particular crater might be worth one dollar to see, but they charge the insulting and outrageous fifteen dollars for every person. Meanwhile, they fraudulently pretend to be a National Park, including putting their "security" personnel in fake knockoff Park Ranger uniforms. Skip Meteor Crater -- just drive on by. It's not worth the money.
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