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  • Writer's pictureMandy-Gentry

Meteor Crater

Updated: Oct 15, 2021

The meteorite impact crater is truly a sight to behold! It was much larger than we imagined - 550 feet deep and almost a mile wide.

Scientists estimate that the iron-nickel meteorite that created this crater was about 150 feet wide, weighed about 300,000 tons, was traveling at a speed of 26,000 miles-per-hour and hit the Earth with a force 150 times greater than an atomic bomb.

There are several viewing decks just outside of the Barringer Space Museum (included with admission and full of information about meteorites.) These decks have telescopes with points of interest marked on many different sections of the crater's interior. There is also a walking tour that goes around the edge of the rim of the crater (we missed the tour, but the views were still epic.)

The crater is located about 5 miles south of I-40, about 45 minutes east of Flagstaff, and there is an RV Park right off of I-40 for easy access.

Learn more about the Meteor Crater HERE.

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