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Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum

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S M wrote a review Oct 21
Rochester, Minnesota45 contributions13 helpful votes
Was just passing by on I40 saw the sign and decided to go take a look. Was a good decision. This is a fascinating place to visit. The size of the crater is deceiving until you check out the telescopes to see to the bottom. Not usually into this kind of attraction but must say its well worth the few miles off of the interstate.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Rob B wrote a review Oct 18
Sylacauga, Alabama184 contributions25 helpful votes
The visitor center's displays and information about the formation of the crater and its role in the Apollo project is worth the 6 mile drive off the interstate
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Dallas B wrote a review Oct 17
Phoenix, Arizona30 contributions7 helpful votes
I was surprised at how big the crater was and the amount of things to do while there. They have a simulation ride, a discovery center, multiple overlooks, a historical video, a gift shop, a restaurant, and a guided tour. All is included in the entry price. My wife and I ended up spending 3 hours there and originally didn't think we would make it an hour. It was pretty cool. I recommend going a tour when you are there. It's a half mile out and a half mile back on a paved path. You get better views of the crater and excellent historical information.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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zoinks66 wrote a review Oct 16
Flagstaff, Arizona111 contributions19 helpful votes
So, this was on my bucket list ever since 1985’s movie, Starman; but I had low expectations simply because, it’s a hole in the ground, right? You learn so much more, like what happened to the meteor, how studying this crater helped NASA scientist for the Moon Shot, and more. There’s even an attraction that resembles the little brother of Disneyland’s Soaring California ride. We spent 4 hours here and could have stayed longer. Take advantage of the tour of the crater. The tour, if you’re visiting from March through October, take a bottle of water. There’s no shade, and rarely clouds, you’ll bake in the sun without a hat and sunscreen. But, it’s worth it—there is a demonstration and various samples of rock and a good history lesson. Nerd out, you’ll be happier. Our guide. Aaron, was awesome. The snack bar/diner is nice and the prices aren’t as bad as similar venues. BONUS: If you like exploring abandoned buildings, the drive from Flagstaff to Meteor Crater has two separate and unrelated gems to explore on the way. Twin Arrows was a gas station and maybe a small motel on Route 66 that is now abandoned, graffiti-ed and wide open for exploration. Caution, lots of broken glass and exposed rust nails sticking out from boards just begging to force a tetanus shot. BUT, what a superb place to explore if you’ve got some common sense. We took a ton of pictures and it has two huge arrow props “stuck” in the ground. We spent 30 minutes here, easy on and off freeway. Next, up is a place called Two Guns. It’s a bit further down I-40, and is easy on and off freeway, too. It offers a great stone-masonry exhibit to explore and is pretty massive, I’m guessing 30 smaller buildings all missing their roofs or crumbling in. There’s a pretty canyon zig-zagging across the site, too, expect to walk more than a mile round trip to see all the sites (and to find the Geocache if you’re into that). The best that I can discover so far is that Two Guns was a small town/site built in the 20s and was a roadside animal exhibit (mountain lions). There are no historical markers, park signs or anything of the sort. Both Two Guns and Twin Arrows have no posted keep out signs, private property signs or anything other markers. There were several other families exploring both when we visited.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Maps701262 wrote a review Oct 13
16 contributions3 helpful votes
Very educational, with lots to see. Would not recommend if you have a problem walking. There is an elevator to the different floors in the building but when you go outside it is not handicapped accessible. Thought a little pricey. Great gift shop.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from meteorcrateraz, President & CEO at Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum
Responded 2 weeks ago
I am so glad you enjoyed your experience! Yes, the Crater itself is an outdoor attraction of a catastrophic event in its preserved and natural state. And it is HUGE! So there is some walking involved and your tip to travelers is a good one. Thanks! -Matthew Kent, President & CEO
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