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Meteor Crater

Study a massive impact crater, created by a meteorite in the northern Arizona desert that hit earth about 50,000 years ago.

Meteor Crater is a large meteorite impact crater and visitor center near Flagstaff, Arizona. The site is one of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world. It features a visitor center with educational displays and a widescreen theater. Admire the impressive crater from many observation points on the rim.

About 50,000 years ago, a giant meteor dashed across the sky and hit the area now known as northern Arizona. See the impact from the approximately 300,000-ton (270,000-tonne) celestial object. The famous crater is over 3,500 feet (1,000 meters) wide and 550 feet (168 meters) deep.

Observe the site from the Meteor Crater Visitor Center’s indoor viewing area or walk on one of several self-guided observation paths running along the crater’s rim. The paths feature educational panels and observational telescopes, allowing closer looks at the impact crater. Join a tour of the crater’s rim, held when weather allows.

The Meteor Crater Visitor Center is an excellent place to learn about the site and about craters in general. The center contains many fascinating exhibits and an 80-seat widescreen theater. Watch a short film about the origins of Meteor Crater and walk through the center to see a meteorite fragment weighing more than 1,400 pounds (630 kilograms).

Shop for mineral specimens in the visitor center’s Meteor Crater Rock Shop. The shop sells native Arizona minerals, crystals, quartz and petrified wood. If you’re looking for other souvenirs, stop at the Meteor Crater Gift Shop. The visitor center also contains a sandwich shop with indoor and outdoor seating.

Drive to Meteor Crater from Flagstaff in about 45 minutes. Alternatively, reach the site with a 30-minute drive from Winslow. With a wide range of accommodations, the small cities of Flagstaff and Winslow are excellent places to stay when visiting Meteor Crater. See the attraction year-round; however, opening times change seasonally and the visitor center closes on Christmas Day.

With interesting displays and extraordinary views of the site, Meteor Crater is a great place to spend a few hours when exploring northern Arizona.


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Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort £158
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

22181 Resort Blvd, Exit 219 I-40, Flagstaff, AZ
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this resort is within 25 miles (40 km) of Walnut Canyon National Monument, Meteor Crater and Flagstaff Mall and The Marketplace. Bushmaster Park and Buffalo Park are also within 25 miles (40 km).

    Econo Lodge Winslow I-40 £37
    Econo Lodge Winslow I-40

    Econo Lodge Winslow I-40

    2035 West 3rd Street, Winslow, AZ
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Winslow, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of North Park Plaza Shopping Center, Old Trails Museum and Standin' on the Corner Park. Painted Desert and Winslow Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Rodeway Inn £33
      Rodeway Inn

      Rodeway Inn

      1916 W Third St, Winslow, AZ
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Winslow, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Old Trails Museum, Standin' on the Corner Park and North Park Plaza Shopping Center. Winslow Park and Painted Desert are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Quality Inn £45
        Quality Inn

        Quality Inn

        1701 N Park Drive, Winslow, AZ
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Park Plaza Shopping Center, Winslow Park and Old Trails Museum. Standin' on the Corner Park and McHood Park are also within 9 mi (15 km). Winslow Station is 26 minutes by foot.

          La Posada Hotel £126
          La Posada Hotel

          La Posada Hotel

          303 E. Second Street (Route 66), Winslow, AZ
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Winslow, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Standin' on the Corner Park and Old Trails Museum. Winslow Park and North Park Plaza Shopping Center are also within 1 mile (2 km). Winslow Station is only a 1-minute walk.

            Motel 6 Winslow £47
            Motel 6 Winslow

            Motel 6 Winslow

            520 W Desmond St, Winslow, AZ
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Winslow, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of North Park Plaza Shopping Center and Painted Desert. Winslow Park and Old Trails Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Winslow Station is 28 minutes by foot.

              Motel 10 £40
              Motel 10

              Motel 10

              725 W Third St, Winslow, AZ
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Winslow, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Trails Museum and Standin' on the Corner Park. North Park Plaza Shopping Center and Winslow Park are also within 1 mile (2 km). Winslow Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                Travelodge by Wyndham Winslow £51
                Travelodge by Wyndham Winslow

                Travelodge by Wyndham Winslow

                1706 N Park Dr, Winslow, AZ
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a regional park, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of North Park Plaza Shopping Center and Painted Desert. Winslow Park and Old Trails Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Winslow Station is 26 minutes by foot.