Meteor Crater – the best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth is located in Northern Arizona, east of Flagstaff.
The Crater was created approximately 50,000 years ago when a meteor ended its 500 million year journey through space on a collision course with Earth. Traveling at approximately 26,000 miles per hour, it passed through the Earth’s atmosphere and, in a blinding flash, struck the Earth with an explosive force greater than twenty million tons of TNT. The meteor’s impact left a giant bowl-shaped crater nearly a mile across and more than 550 feet deep. The terrain of Meteor Crater so closely resembles that of the moon NASA made it an official training site for the Apollo astronauts.
Meteor Crater Video: Put Yourself There!
Your experience at Meteor Crater starts with a ten minute movie shown in our big screen movie theatre. Then, view the Crater itself from 3 lookout points on the rim. Please leave enough time to take a guided tour on the rim, weather permitting. Our friendly, knowledgeable rim tour guides will share the history of Meteor Crater and many behind the scenes stories on events and experiences that have happened over the years. Then head back in and spend some time in our Interactive Discovery Center, which is one of the most extensive and informative museums of its type in the world!
Please plan on spending 1 to 3 hours at the Crater to enjoy and experience all that Meteor Crater has to offer and don’t forget to bring your camera!
For those of you who are RV travelers, Meteor Crater also has an RV Park with over 70 pull through RV spaces, full hook-ups, tent sites, gated entry, and a host of amenities including a dog park and country store. The RV Park provides outstanding views of the San Francisco Peaks with breathtaking sunsets.
We invite you to “Experience the Impact” and look forward to seeing you soon!
Meteor Crater: Visitor Info
Hours of Operation:
May 22nd to Labor Day we will be open from: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed Christmas Day
Thanksgiving Day we are open from: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
For more information, please call 800-289-5898 or visit them online.