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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 the moon, NASA once trained Apollo astronauts here, and an Apollo test capsule is on display.

The Discovery Center provides information and films about the formation of the crater and features interactive exhibits about meteorites and asteroids. Visitors can explore the crater from numerous locations on the rim and an indoor viewing area, and take a journey into space on the STS Barringer in a 4D experience (additional fee).

Guided rim tours of the crater depart daily.

Note: Inquire about weather policies.

Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.

$18; $16 (ages 60+); $9 (ages 6-17 and veterans with ID); $5 (military dependents ages 6-17); free (ages 0-5 and active military with ID).
Daily 7-7, Memorial Day-Labor Day; 8-5, rest of year. Closed Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.
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