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Meteor Crater - Winslow, Arizona

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Listed as the world's best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth.  Located just minutes from Interstate 40 and the old Route 66 in Northern Arizona near Winslow.  Meteor Crater is the spectacular result of a collision that rocked the American Southwest approximately 50,000 years ago with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT.  Situated under the wide skies of the Arizona High Desert, Meteor Crater offers an interactive educational experience for the entire family in a beautiful, natural setting.  The site was used between 1963 and 1970 to train the American Apollo Astronauts based on the similarities of the crater to the Lunar Surface of the moon.

The Meteor Crater Visitor Center is located on the rim of the Crater.  The fully air-conditioned building features an 80 seat Widescreen theater, indoor crater viewing area, Crater Trail access, Interactive Discovery Center, Artifacts and Exhibits, Gift & Mineral Shop, Collision! 4D Experience Room, and the Blasted Bistro.  Elevators and ADA accessibility are available for guests with special needs along with bathrooms. This parks does require an entry fee and they do offer military discounts.

Our experience: We found the entrance fee to be a little pricey considering we were only at the Crater between 1-2 hours. But if you are a space or geology fan, this is a must-see stop if you happen to be driving through or visiting the Flagstaff Area and have some time.

Park location and contact:

The park is located 37 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona just off Interstate 40, exit 233.

Meteor Crater Enterprises, Inc.

Interstate 40, Exit 233

Winslow, AZ 86047 USA

Phone: (928) 289-2362 or (800) 289-5898

View of Mountains from the Crater Overlook

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