I was a bit sceptical because this natural landmark is one of th very few in the US that is NOT managed by the Natinal Park Service, the reason being that the owners still have an old mining claim on the property.
It is abit pricey ($16/adult) but for your money you get a guided outdoor rim tour (one can no longer go dowin into the crater),an excellent movie, a great little museum, access to a fine picnic area, an observation deck, and a weel-stocked gift shop. All in all, it puts most NPS National Monuments to shame.
The cratr is the result of a meteorite impact 50,000 years ago, and the history of the crater's "exploitation" in the last 100 years is almost s fascinating as the origins themselves.
Even (or should I say especially) young children will find this one of the Southwest's most compelling attractions.
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