Meteor Crater Trail

EASY 11 reviews

Meteor Crater Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mormon Lake, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

nature trips

views

scramble

no dogs

There is no hiking into the crater. State park is $18 for adults and offers tours, but none descend into the crater. There is an interactive museum, astronaut wall of fame, and gift shop. This is a good place to take the kids and get some cool pictures, but you're not allowed to hike around the crater. 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.

walking
21 days ago

No real hiking due to restrictions, but great views.

walking
2 months ago

NO HIKING ALLOWED - As stated in other reviews. There are is no hiking around the crater, private land only. State park is $18 for adults and offers tours, but none descend into the crater. Interactive museum. Astronaut wall of fame, gift shop. Good place to take the kids and get some cool pictures but you're not allowed to hike around the crater.

3 months ago

nice way to break from a long drive. nice views

4 months ago

You will enjoy the guided tour if you like science and history. The tour features not just the crater but also fossils and some historical artifacts. The walk as about one mile total on an out and back course. I was not used to the 5,000 ft elevation so this felt a little more strenuous than I expected.

hiking
6 months ago

18.00 per person to see a hole in the ground!! Not cool.

walking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

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.

walking
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Perfect family educational walk :)

walking
Friday, October 09, 2015

Very pretty geological place although my dog was not allowed and I had to hurry my trip.

walking
Monday, October 07, 2013

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.

hiking
Friday, August 16, 2013

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.

hiking
Monday, July 29, 2013

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.