Meteor Crater near Flagstaff, Arizona
Formerly known as Canyon Diablo Meteorite site
This is a REALLY BIG hole in the ground! It was made like a million years ago when this huge asteroid came crashing into the earth! It was just like in the movies! It broke everything up and now there are rocks around there that are as big as houses.
Before you walk down, try to picture the size of the meteorite coming down and the direction it came from.
Nearly 50,000 years ago, Earth stood in the path of a giant asteroid hurtling toward the planet at an astonishing 26,000 miles per hour. When the asteroid struck Earth, the force was cataclysmic and created an awe-inspiring meteor crater which is nearly a mile across, 2.4 miles around and more than 550 feet deep. Formerly known as Canyon Diablo Meteorite site, Meteor Crater is the most well-known, best-preserved meteorite crater on earth and each year, curious visitors from all around the globe come to northern Arizona to marvel at the site of such a terrific impact.
The Visitor's Center is a neat site that includes a great deal of interesting facts and geological artifacts from the impact site. Before visiting the site, make sure you watch the brief introductory film to learn all about the geological and astronomical aspects that are unique to this site.
Since the center is situated on the crater's rim, visitors have the option of viewing the crater from the air-conditioned indoor observation area or exploring the observation trails outside. One thing I discovered that was quite interesting is that NASA used the Meteor Crater as a training site for the Apollo astronauts prior to their lunar mission. All in all, for a big hole in the ground, this is a pretty interesting little detour just outside the Flagstaff area.
Note: For those traveling by RV, there is an RV park located on the property just around the corner from the Visitor's Center.
Interstate 40, Exit 233, Winslow, AZ 86047
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|Jacob Tip: Don't miss the interactive Discovery Center! There are a lot of really fun exhibits there. It's cool cause you get to see the space capsule where the astronauts stayed!|
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