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Meteor Crater, Flagstaff

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You can walk right up to the rim of Meteor Crater, thought to be one of the best-preserved meteorite craters on the planet. The crater is privately owned by the Barringer family, the descendants of the scientist who was first to suggest that the crater was due to a meteor. The visitor center displays pieces of the meteorite recovered from the floor of the crater and tells the history surrounding the site. Learn about Daniel Barringer and the journey that led to the crater's discovery, then trek the paved walkway to its viewing point. Bring sunscreen; there is no natural shade along the walkway. Arrange to visit Meteor Crater and other attractions in Flagstaff using our Flagstaff vacation generator.
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  • Some people find it difficult to understand how the earth was formed and evolved to what it is today and recognize just how long a billion years is, but this crater explains a great deal of how we got...  more »
  • Pretty much in the middle of nowhere, this unique geographic accident is an interesting attraction to be seen. Of course you gotta be a bit into this kind of thing. Very interesting museum is attached...  more »
  • This was an impromptu stop for us on the way to the Grand Canyon. We are glad we stopped. We came pretty late in the day, and didn't have as much time here as we wanted, because they were getting read...  more »
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  • Wasn't completely impressed. Why did I go: My boyfriend is into astronomy and was very excited to visit during our cross country trip. Parking: A small lot, but just enough to find a spot. Fee: $18 per adult, so we ended up paying nearly $40! Staff: They were nice and apologetic. The crater: It was just okay. Other amenities: A 10 minute movie, gift shop, subway, and a mini museum. Overall: My boyfriend wasn't impressed and paying $18 for an admission fee didn't help. We found out the reason it was $18 was because it was family owned. Why is it family owned? Why is it not a public place? Just some questions to consider before you visit here.
  • Yes, it is a hole in the ground. It is a worthwhile hole in the ground. The meteor crater is a wealth of historic information from its discovery to its situation as the first officially proven meteor crater. The entrance fee includes a movie, a museum, beautiful views of the crater and the surrounding mountains and countryside, a guarded tour and view points with telescopes. There are four levels of platforms to observe from, a rock shop to buy things from and a subway for a reasonable lunch. It is a very interactive place and there is a good bit of walking so bring a hat and a decent pair of shoes.
  • It is cheaper if you have a military member or an AAA member for the family group discount. The place is amazing. Please take advantage of the tour guides and ask questions. The guides know so many funny facts that would be untold unless you ask more in depth questions.
  • I perhaps should have done more research. You can't walk to the bottom, you can't walk the rim, the visitor center is OK but just repeats a lot of information over and over. Even if it was free, I think I would have been disappointed at the missed opportunity but it isn't free...not even close. This is a privately owned attraction and like me you'll probably leave thinking 'Boy, they certainly have spent a lot of time figuring out how to make money off this place!', it is something of a wonder that they don't charge for parking too. I guess with the excellent National Park Service facilities around it is easy to get to a feeling that those standards are normal but they aren't and this 'attraction' falls a long way short of them.
  • I wish I'd had more than an hour here. The scenery alone deserved it. And the science here is terrific along with local history. I expected a hole in the ground and got so much more. Bring a wide angle lense for your camera. Also bring a super zoom.