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Welcome to Meteor Crater

The world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Located just minutes from Interstate 40 and the old Route 66 in Northern Arizona near Winslow, Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago.


Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. It is an international tourist venue with outdoor observation trails, air conditioned indoor viewing, wide screen movie theater, Interactive Discovery Center, unique gift and rock shop, and Astronaut Memorial Park at the Visitor Center located on the crater rim.

Meteor Crater’s “IMPACT, Mystery of Meteor Crater” movie, featuring exciting 3D modeling and animation allows viewers to experience the thunderous sound and explosive fury of the meteor’s super-heated trip through the Earth’s atmosphere. The spectacular result of the collision that rocked the American Southwest with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT can be explored first-hand just outside the Discovery Center.

30 Second Rim Tour

Meteor Crater Video

Visitor Center Discovery Center

The Meteor Crater Interactive Discovery Center contains many exciting interactive displays and exhibits, making it the most extensive and informative museum of its type on earth. Visitors will relive the intensity of the impact. 50,000 years ago a fiery giant meteor mass weighing several hundred thousand tons hurtled through space and impacted the earth. The wide range of exhibits will fascinate and educate every person on the aspects of meteors and their encounters with the earth.

These twenty-four exciting exhibits comprise the most extensive and informative museum of its type on planet earth.

While you are here, make a it a priority to visit the Gift Shop and Rock Shop and you must take the time to take a rim tour. This is the best way to experience the crater. The tour is done by our staff. Then, grab a bite to eat at Subway, located next to the gift shop.


RV Park

The park is located just off Interstate 40 exit 233, less than a 1/4 mile to the right. The large parking lot includes a Mobil Gas Station and Country store for checking in.

Set up your lawn chairs, look into the night sky from the Meteor Crater RV Park, and enjoy one of the finest star and sky shows offered in the American Southwest.

Lookout Points

There are three different lookout points to view the crater. Visitors should try to allow 1 1/2 hours to go through the Discovery Center and lookouts and additional time for our guided rim trail tour, which will take an additional 45 minutes to an hour.