Meteor Crater, Arizona

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

I’d hoped to do the short guided hiking tour of part of the rim, but arrived too late in the afternoon. I missed the last one by minutes.

Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater approximately 37 miles (60 km) east of Flagstaff …

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Despite its importance as a geological site, the crater is not protected as a national monument, a status that would require federal ownership. …

… some 170 m (560 ft) deep, and is surrounded by a rim that rises 45 m (148 ft) above the surrounding plains. …

Meteor Crater is a popular tourist attraction …

During the 1960s and 70’s, NASA astronauts trained in the crater to prepare for the Apollo missions to the Moon. …

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official website

Management of this natural treasure is excellent. I doubt the National Parks system would do better.

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