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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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  • August 14, 2017
    We returned here for a second look with grown up children, they couldn't remember first visit. The sight is awesome. We took a tour, the guide talked a lot! The guide was very interesting and informed...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The Meteor Crater is situated a few short miles south of I-40 between Wilmslow and Flagstaff. This well preserved Meteor impact crater is a must see if you are driving Route 66. It was interesting to ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We saw the billboard and decided to go of the beaten path and check out this gem! Well worth it except for the price to see a hole in the ground...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Incredible preserved impact site. As a former USGS Scientist I find this place extraordinary in the presentation of the history involved with this site. For example, prior to my visit I had no idea that the Apollo astronauts had visited AND trained at this site for lunar exploration. Very much worth the 6 mile detour off I-40. Definitely recommend this place. An inspiration for any space enthusiasts or anyone interested in the history of our planet and it's formation.
  • July 10, 2017
    This is the third time I have been here bringing different people each time. It's a wonder of nature and worth your time. It's frightening to think one of these could hit a populated area. Beautiful visitor's center with a movie about the event.
  • May 5, 2017
    Considering this is just a big hole in the ground, it's got a great museum and gift shop. There​ was a great live presentation which answered​ any questions. It's kind of awe inspiring to see it and​ realize the impact forces it took to create such a place. The wind was blowing really hard when we were there, so hang onto your hats.
  • June 15, 2017
    "The best preserved meteor impact crater in the world." Not only that, but the history of this place as being the first location proven to be an impact crater and the resulting methodology they used helping in identifying the other 150 or so in the world is what makes this a 'must see' in my book. You can touch the largest fragment which is on display and also see other meteorites gifted to the museum. There is a short movie in a theater as well as other audio/visual exhibits. You can simulate impact events by defining things like diameter, impact angle, density and speed. There are several viewing platforms including one in doors as well as guided tours up a portion of the rim included in the cost. Impressive gift shop with meteorites and minerals/polished rocks. Approaching this attraction as 'a hole in the ground' will certainly lead to disappointment so if space and geology don't interest you it may be advisable to just keep going to the Grand Canyon if you just want to see a hole.
  • June 10, 2017
    I can't believe all the people complaining about the price. you can spend that amount of money for one meal at a restaurant these days. With this you can actually see an awesome display of natural history that is not available anywhere else unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars to fly to another country like Australia. Enjoy it for what it is and let your imagination loose. A measly $20 dollars is nothing these days. Please stop complaining.

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