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Meteor Crater

The World’s Best Preserved Meteorite Impact Site on Earth

Meteor Crater is located in Northern Arizona off Interstate 40 at exit 233, 35 miles east of Flagstaff, 20 miles west of Winslow. Each year over 200,000 visitors from all over our world visit this Natural Landmark and look with the same wonder at what can happen when the Earth is struck by an asteroid. Meteor Crater (also known as “The Barringer Meteorite Crater”) is proven to be the best preserved meteorite impact site on earth!


Meteor Crater Video: Put Yourself There!

Meteor Crater Visitor Center

A visit to the Meteor Crater Visitor Center provides you with an enjoyable educational experience in a well maintained facility. Our elevators and lifts provide access for everyone.

The Interactive Learning Center located within the Visitor Center includes many exciting interactive displays and exhibits, making it the most extensive and informative museum of its type. Visitors will relive the intensity of this impact when 50,000 years ago a fiery giant meteor mass weighing several hundred thousand tons hurtled through space and impacted the earth. Apollo space test capsule, American Astronaut Wall of Fame, and many large meteorite specimens are among the wide range of exhibits that will fascinate and educate every person on the aspects of meteors and their encounters with earth.

Also located within the visitor center is a Gift & Rock Shop and Subway sandwich shop with a tasty and nutritious menu.

Meteor Crater Theater

The Meteor Crater Theater presents an informative and entertaining 10-minute movie “Collisions and Impacts”, which shows twice each hour in the state-of-the-art, 80-seat wide screen theater. Outdoor observation areas allow you to view the crater from inside the rim. Although Meteor Crater is nearly a mile wide and 570 feet deep, the observation telescopes allow you a close up look at points of interest in the crater. Daily guided rim tours allow those with proper hiking shoes to venture about 1/3 mile around the crater rim. The tours leave hourly, weather permitting.

In recent years, work has been completed at Meteor Crater in the fields of terrestrial impact craters, cratering mechanics, planetary studies, and astronaut training. Apollo Astronauts once trained here due to the terrain resembling the Earth’s Moon and other Planets. Meteor Crater is the perfect attraction for all types of tour and educational groups and group rates are available.

Meteor Crater RV Park

Located only five miles from the Crater is the Meteor Crater RV Park which features 71 beautifully landscaped pull through spaces. It includes a rec. room, private individual restroom and shower facilities, laundry, playground, country store and Mobil gas station. The “Hole Enchilada” located within the country store provides a delicious Mexican food menu.

Meteor Crater RV Park is centrally located to many of Northern Arizona’s most popular tourist attractions and state parks. Meteor Crater Visitor Center and RV Park are open year round.

Meteor Crater: Visitor Info

Hours of Operation:
Summer Hours:
May 22nd to Labor Day we will be open from: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Non-summer hours:
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Holiday Hours:
Closed Christmas Day
Thanksgiving Day we are open from: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Driving Directions
From Flagstaff, AZ: Head east on I-40 about 35 miles. Take the Meteor Crater Road exit (exit 233) and turn right. Drive about 5 miles and you will see the crater.
From Winslow, AZ: Head west on I-40 about 18 miles. Take the Meteor Crater Road exit (exit 233) and turn left. Drive about 5 miles and you will see the crater.

For more information, please call 800-289-5898 or visit them online.


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