The Meteor Crater in Winslow, AZ is the best preserved meteor crater in the world. It is said to be 50,000 years old, 4100 ft across and 570 ft deep. Their website says “300-400 million tons of rock were displaced by the impact”.
They have a visitor center with an 80 seat theater, a Subway restaurant and a gift shop.
We visited the Meteor Crater in July and it was HOT. The temperature was over 100 degrees. They offer a “Rim Tour” that takes about an hour to complete. We didn’t take the rim tour. We went on a tour that took us part way down into the crater to a landing area with benches and a canopy that provides pretty good shade. The tour was conducted by Edwardo. He is the head tour guide and has been at the Crater for over 15 years. He actually has an apartment right there. He is very energetic and clearly loves the Meteor Crater. He was a joy to listen to. He knows everything there is to know about the crater. If you visit the crater, you have to be sure to get a tour with Edwardo.
The crater itself is amazing. The size of the crater is not apparent when you are up close. It is HUGE. If you sat people in it like a football stadium, it would hold 2 MILLION people. At one point long ago, the owner of the crater thought the meteor was buried at the bottom of the crater. They decided to try to mine the iron ore that they thought would be there. As it turns out there was no meteor at the bottom. But the mining equipment is still at the bottom. From the rim you can barely see it with the naked eye. There is even a 6 ft cut out of an astronaut at the bottom that looks tiny even through a long zoom lens.
We saw over 50 attractions on this road trip across America, and the Meteor Crater in Winslow, AZ was one of the most impressive stops we made. In my opinion it is not to be missed.