Meteor Crater, Midland
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
The Odessa Meteor Crater is a meteorite crater in the southwestern part of Ector County, southwest of the city of Odessa of West Texas, United States. It is accessible approximately 3 miles (5 km) south of Interstate 20 at Exit 108 (Moss Road). This is one of three impact crater sites found in Texas, the others being the older and much larger Sierra Madera crater and the Marquez crater.The Handbook of Texas Online describes the Odessa meteor crater as the largest of several smaller craters in the immediate area that were formed by the impact of thousands of octahedrites (an iron metallic type) that fell in prehistoric times.The web site of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB, Center for Energy and Economic Diversification), identifies five craters at the Odessa site and shows a distribution map of the meteorite fragments recovered from the area. The recoveries have generally come from an area to the north and northwest of the main crater site, with only a few found to the south. They indicate that the structure of the main crater, because it was one of the earliest to be recognized and studied, is now used to name similar impact sites on a worldwide basis. Over 1500 meteorites have been recovered from the surrounding area over the years, the largest of which weighed approximately 300 pounds (135 kg), but excavations in the main crater confirm that there is no meteorite mass underground and probably never has been. The site has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service, and a small information area and nature trail has been set up on-site for a self-guided tour.Our Midland family vacation planner makes visiting Meteor Crater and other Midland attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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It was pretty cool to walk through a meteor crater but the museum wasn't anything great and the worker pointed out that they closed in 15 min so if we were doing the crater trail we better go. Probabl... read more »
This place pales in comparison to Meteor Crater in Arizona, but it's a good solid second-place for meteorite museums, and very accessible if you're going along I-20 between Midland/Odessa and Carlsbad... read more »
If you're planning to see the impact of a meteor from long ago, this is the place to come. Even though the impact has been filled in through tye years, the astronomical indentation is still clear and ... read more »
Nice little break during long drive. Doesn't take long to view, it's Free! Can't expect much from a free attraction! If looking for a quick stop to stretch your legs Great location to do this; Self guided type environment. If your expecting an Educational, Full meteor experience, its not likely for you.
I have never seen a more hateful place. We visited with our niece that was excited to see this museum. Nothing about it was enjoyable, the employees are all racist and make you feel unwelcome. After the whole ordeal my niece started to cry from the horrible words that were thrown at us. I would never recommend this place, in fact I would be led to believe that it is the worst museum I have ever stepped foot in.
Though it is not big it is none the less a scar from an alien world. And the mini museum is an information Mecca of meteors and fakes. Every amateur astronomer and anyone with a car load of kids needs to stop by...it's free
John Callahan Kovacs
There is a nice little visitor center. The meteor itself doesn't look too spectacular; when you walk to it, it doesn't seem like you are inside a crater.
Not real exciting for the little ones, but very interesting and informative for the rest of us. Worth a quick stop if you are in the area.
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