Located 18 miles from Winslow and 37 miles from Flagstaff, the meteor crater is a popular travel destination in Arizona’s high desert. Privately owned by the Barringer family, the meteor crater has been declared a national natural landmark in 1967. The meteor is also referred to as the Barringer Crater as Daniel Barringer was the first one to suggest that the crater was produced by meteorite impact.
Created approximately 50,000 years ago, the crater has a diameter of 3,900 ft, a depth of 560 ft and lies at an elevation of 5,710 ft above sea level. There are three viewpoints along the rim with different perspectives of the crater. Alternatively, visitors also have the option to partake in a 45-minute rim tour.
The Barringer Crater is a destination for the entire family. Even those who are not really passionate about astronomy and meteoroids will find themselves imagining a big rock falling from the sky and wondering how the collision impact must have rocked the earth. The Barringer Crater Company has done a phenomenal job providing visitors with interactive educational activities. Besides offering meteor crater rim tours, visitors can watch a movie about the impact of the crater at the discovery center widescreen theatre or experience the 4D collision room. The gift shop provides an abundance of souvenir options ranging from postcards to mineral rocks – whether souvenirs for yourself or for friends and family, you’ll make a find!
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