AAA Editor Notes
Meteor Crater, 22 mi. w. on I-40, then 6 mi. s. off exit 233, was formed nearly 50,000 years ago by a meteorite; the crater is 550 feet deep, 2.4 miles in circumference and nearly 1 mile across.
The meteor, estimated to have been 90 feet across and traveling 26,000 mph, slammed into the rocky plain and left a crater that was originally 700 feet deep and more than 4,000 feet across. Because the terrain of the crater is very similar to that of the moon, NASA once trained Apollo astronauts here.
The Discovery Center relays information about the formation of the crater and features interactive displays about meteorites and asteroids. A large-screen theater presents “IMPACT, The Mystery of Meteor Crater.” Visitors can view the crater from numerous locations on the rim. Also included are an Astronaut Wall of Fame and an Apollo test capsule.
Guided rim tours of the crater depart daily.
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Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.