Saturday, February 02, 2008

Meteor Crater - Winslow, Arizona

2001 Southwestern US Vacation - Meteor Crater, AZ

The Barringer Meteorite Crater, located about 20 miles west of Winslow, Arizona is a stark reminder of the disasters that can befall the Earth and a great place to see what happens when a meteorite slams into the planet.

One of the best preserved and most easily accessible meteor craters on Earth, Meteor Crater is only about 50,000 years old and records the impact of a 150 foot wide meteor that was traveling at about 40,000 miles per hour. The resulting crater is about a mile wide, almost 600 feet deep and the rim rises almost 150 feet above the surrounding plains.

The main destination for visitors to Meteor Crater is the visitor center/observatory/museum that has been built on top of the craters rim. It is located off of Interstate 40 at exit 233 – from where a small road winds across the plain to the crater and the visitor center.

Read my full review of Meteor Crater in Arizona

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