Meteor Crater

Winslow, Arizona

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Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona, also known as Barringer Crater, is the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site. Around 50,000 years ago an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour jolted into the planet Earth with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT. This impact left behind a crater that today is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference, and more than 550 feet deep.

The crater was discovered in the early 19th century, and for years, it was thought to be a dead volcano. and in the early 1900s, Daniel Barringer first suggested that it was produced by a meteorite impact. The Barringer family claimed and purchased the site in the early 20th century and Daniel and Benjamin Chew Tilghman (a mathematician and physicist) conducted land surveys and collected documentation to support the theory. Still, despite their efforts, they were met with skepticism and disbelief.

It wasn’t until the 1950s and 60s that coesite and stishovite, minerals that are only produced when quartz-bearing rocks are put under extreme pressure, were found at the site. This helped from Barringer’s findings once and for all. Unfortunately, he had passed away in 1929 and Eugene M. Shoemaker, the man who discovered the minerals, was credited with the discovery.

Today the Barringer family still owns this giant hole in the ground and has built it out to be a full tourist attraction, complete with a coffee shop, theater, museum, and gift shop.

Meteor Crater is located in Winslow, Arizona, close to I-40 and Route 66, making it a perfect Route 66 road trip detour. You can’t miss the highway billboards beckoning you to pull over to check this attraction out.

There are plenty of things to do at Meteor Crater in Winslow. Start your trip by watching an informational video at the 80-seat widescreen theater to learn more about the crater. Walk through the Visitor Center’s Discovery Center to see an extensive interactive display of Earth and space science and the history of this landmark. Step outside to explore the many vantage points, complete with built-in telescopes pointed at some of the most popular easter eggs, like a cardboard cutout of a man in a space suit.

There is also a 4D immersion-experience ride called the “Collision Experience” that lets you and your family attempt to save the planet (for an extra-cost ticket price). And an Apollo test capsule that makes a fun backdrop for Instagram selfies.

Make sure you leave time in your schedule for the Guided Rim Tour. This 45-minute to 1-hour tour takes visitors to the edge of the 550-foot-deep meteor while giving even more insight into the formation. Get a peak into details you might otherwise miss, like the wreckage from a 1964 plane crash that was left in the side wall.

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Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction

Meteor Crater

4 based on 1 reviews

Address:
Meteor Crater Rd, Winslow, AZ 86047

Hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm, Daily

Cost:
$29 (Adults ages 13 - 59), $27 (Seniors age 60+), $20 (Juniors ages 6 to 12, Non-Active Duty U.S. Military/Veterans), Free (Active Duty U.S. Military)

Phone Number:
(928) 289-5898

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Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction
Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Traveling with Pets? There are no pets allowed inside the crater, but they can be kept safe and secured in the Pet Ramada outside of the Administration area.
  • Guided tours are included with the admission price.
  • Tours may be canceled due to inclimate weather.

Where to Stay Near Meteor Crater

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these Winslow, Arizona hotels near Route 66.

La Posada Hotel

La Posada offers a four-star experience that can’t be beat. The 1930 hotel was created by architect Mary Colter, hotelier Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railway. It was the last great railway hotel built in America and the finest historic hotel on Route 66. Over the years it has served an impressive roster of celebrity guests, from James Cagney to Franklin D. Roosevelt to Amelia Earhart to John Wayne. Book a room and a reservation at The Turquoise Room, one of the finest restaurants in the southwest.

The Winslow

The Winslow is a contemporary hotel in the heart of Winslow. Enjoy rooms with air conditioning and flat screen TVs or the communal areas with pool tables, bocce balls, table tennis, darts, and a bar.

Earl’s Rt 66 Motor Court

Earl’s Rt 66 Motor Court is the oldest operating Route 66 motel in Winslow. The basic but well-kept motel was built in the 1940s and was originally called the Marble Motel.

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1 Review of Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona

  1. Fun stop but definitely pricey! The nearby Petrified Forest National Park is much more worth the cost if you have to choose. But this is still fun to see if you have the budget and the time. One thing to note: this is a privately owned attraction so they set the admission cost and it is not included on any National Park or America the Beautiful pass.

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