About the Meteor Crater

About 35 miles east from Flagstaff Arizona you can see something special. You can find a huge Meteor Crater in a flat landscape. 50.000 Years ago the meteor Canyon Diablo hit the earth and a huge crater was the result of this meteor. Problably this meteor had a diameter of 50 meters and a weight of 300.000 ton. The crater is 173 meters deep and has a diameter of 1200 meters! This would be a huge problem if it hapened today, but now you can see what a meteor can do to the earth, it’s really special to see this with your own eyes.

There has been no scientific knowledge about this crater for a very long time, but thanks to the mining engineer Daniel Moreau Barringer we know that a meteor created this crater when it hit the earth. In 1903 he bought the crater and the ground around it, driven by financiel and scientific motives. He was certain that there would be a lot of iron and nickel containing fragments that would give him a lot of money. He examined the bodem for 27 years, but there were less fragments with nickel and iron than he thougth in the first case. Now we know that most of the meteor eveporated when it hit the earth.


The crater is still property of the descendant of Barringer and there is a real visitor center at the crater.
Now a day’s the Meteor Crates is more a touristic sight and you can watch a short movie that takes about 10 minutes and there is a big museum and giftshop and even a Subway place where you can get nice sandwiches!
The biggest fragment of the meteor is still on view and it’s calles the Holsinger Meterite and the weight is 640 kilo’s.

Opening hours: The Meteor Crater is open from half May through half September from 07.00 am – 07.00 pm and in other months the Meteor Crater is open from 08.00 am – 05.00 pm (closed on christmas and Thanksgiving).
Fees: $15 for adults, $13 for senior and $7 for children (6-17 years). Children under 6 are free of charge.

Campground near to the Meteor Crater

For a good campground you need to look on our page about Flagstaff and there you will find the information you need.

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