Arizona’s Meteor Crater

A short drive off the interstate in Northern Arizona is one of the best preserved meteorite impact sites in the world. Simply named, Meteor Crater, the site is the result of a piece of asteroid colliding with the Earth at around 26,000 miles per hour. The result is a gaping hole, nearly one mile across and 550 feet deep into the ground. For the price of admission, visitors can embark on several trails that lead around the crater’s rim as well as tour the site’s Discovery Center  that displays a detailed explanation of the impact and the science of space studies.

Located 6 miles south off I-40, Exit 233

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