As temperatures start climbing, the allure of cooler weather in Northern Arizona grows strong. For locals and visitors alike, escaping the heat and heading north can be an astronomical adventure. From meteors to observatories, you’ll love these astronomy adventures in Northern Arizona!
Astronomy Adventures in Northern Arizona
Located 15 minutes east of Flagstaff, the Twin Arrows Casino Resort is the perfect home base in Flagstaff to begin your Northern Arizona astronomical adventure. Centered between Lowell Observatory and Meteor Crater, the resort is a short drive from scenic Canyon de Chelly, Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater and the Grand Canyon. Call 855-946-8946 and mention KEY to check availability and book your reservation.
Lowell Observatory is among the oldest observatories in the US, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. It’s most famous moment came in 1930 when the dwarf planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. The historic Clark Telescope, purchased and put into operation by founder Percival Lowell in 1896 to aid his studies of Mars, was used to create detailed maps of the moon in support of America’s Apollo manned voyages. Located just one mile west of historic downtown Flagstaff, the observatory offers daytime guided tours as well as tours, exhibits and telescope viewing in the evenings. Call 928-233-3211 and mention KEY.
Meteor Crater is the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Located just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow, Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. Nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep, the venue has outdoor observation trails, air conditioned indoor viewing, wide screen movie theater, Interactive Discovery Center, unique gift and rock shop, and the Astronaut Memorial Park. Call 800-289-5898 and mention KEY to save $5 off two adult admissions or click here for an online Meteor Crater Coupon.