World’s Best-Preserved Meteor Impact Site Open To The Public

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The Meteor Crater that is 18 miles west of Winslow, Arizona, is the world’s best-preserved meteor impact site.

The crater is absolutely massive and was created 50,000 years ago by a nickel-iron meteorite that was 160 feet across. Scientists say it weighed several hundred thousand tons and after being studied, their research suggested that the crater was traveling at 29,000 mph.

The impact was so explosive that it blew a hole in the ground 560 feet deep and created a surrounding rim that rose 148 feet above the surrounding plains. The crater is 3,900 feet in diameter, which is exactly 0.73 miles long and 2.4 miles long in circumference.

It lies 5,640 feet above sea level, which makes it a very hot place to be. So hot in fact, that the old name for the crater used to be the Canyon Diablo Crater, meaning “Devil Canyon” in Spanish.

If you’d love to visit, you can now book a reservation on their website. The Meteor Crater adventure comes with a 4D theater to educate visitors in detail on the history of the landmark. There’s a gift shop where you can buy space and regional merchandise, and you can also eat delicious food and drink Blasted Bistro.

The Meteor Crater’s hours of operation are 7:00am – 7:00pm and the RV Park and Gift Shop is open from 7:30am – 7:30pm. The establishment asks that visitors wear protective masks and practice safe social distancing of six feet apart.

Surfaces will be sanitized every 30 minutes and there will be protective plexiglass barriers at all registers. There will also be hand sanitizer stations available throughout the attraction and they will only allow one-way traffic through the discovery center.

The Blasted Bistro will offer food but only provide outdoor dining to stay CDC compliant.

To learn more about the Meteor Crater you watch a tour a guy took in the video below and hear the information he gathered about it.

Watch A Video Tour Of The Meteor Crater Below