Meteor Crater is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Flagstaff, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.
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 modern Visitor Center located on the crater rim. The worlds best preserved meteorite impact site just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow. Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between a piece of an asteroid traveling at 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. Today, 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 modern Visitor Center located on the crater rim.
Tiny walk, not a hike. Overly crowded, privately owned, $25 price tag per person. Just all around a joke even if it is a cool view.
Perfect family educational walk :)
Very pretty geological place although my dog was not allowed and I had to hurry my trip.
We stopped at Meteor Crater on our way to Grand Canyon. It's south of Interstate 40, and east of Flagstaff. The visitors center was under construction in May, 2013. After you pay, you can watch a film, wander around the building, and go outside and look at the crater. There is a real good view of Mt. Humphries to the northwest.
Paul is right, there is no hike. This is a privately owned and operates site. The crater basin was closed to hikers some time ago to preserve the structure. ...But there is a partial rim-walk. The crater is the best preserved meteor crater on planet earth and is still very cool to experience.
There is no 2.4 mile Hike. This hike is a 1/4 mile guided tour ONLY, with the last tour at 4:15 pm.
I paid to get in to hike this trail and was not allowed to because after 5 pm. I was totally let down and disappointed. However, I agree that it is a neat place for young kids though.
Perfect educational walks, one of the best places to bring your family, specially if you have children who are in elementary; it's such a an ideal location for them to discover and encourage their imagination about Astronomy and Earth Science. :)
Note: Free parking, fee required to see the exhibits and crater.