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Address: At I-40 and Exit 233, Flagstaff, AZ 86047
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+1 928 289 2362
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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50,000 years ago a huge nickel meteorite hit the earth forming a crater...

50,000 years ago a huge nickel meteorite hit the earth forming a crater that is 550 feet deep, 2.4 miles in circumference and a very popular tourist stop.

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We were on our way to the Grand Canyon and decided to stop to see the crater. I offer that this experience is not for everyone. We had a great time watching the film and walking... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2016
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Pueblo, Colorado
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Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

We went about 4 years ago and they have even more things to do now. So glad we came back! It gets windy so to will want to bring something for your hair/head unless you want your head to look like a tumbleweed. ;0)

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Pueblo, Colorado
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Reviewed May 23, 2016

We were on our way to the Grand Canyon and decided to stop to see the crater. I offer that this experience is not for everyone. We had a great time watching the film and walking through the display area. When we walked outside and actually saw the crater had context which is important for this natural attraction. There are... More 

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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is a fun place to visit if you're driving by. I'm not sure I would go very far out of my way to see it. The museum is excellent, very educational, and there is, of course, a gift shop.

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California
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Reviewed May 22, 2016

Staff bring the experience to life. There is a good movie, exhibits to explain the crater. A truly unique experience to see what a meteor can do! Fascinating! Great experience for families!

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Thank Cat B
Dalton, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Stopped to take a look at the crater on our way to the Painted Desert. It was a cool tourist stop, but it was kind of pricey to look at a giant hole in the ground. We used a coupon found in an ad in Sedona, AZ (you can also print one online). It was probably a one time stop... More 

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Reviewed May 21, 2016

It is amazing to think that this huge crater was caused by a huge meteor 50,000 years ago and still looks the way it does. The view of the rocks being pushed up on the sides as well as the rim that is raised all around it is almost unbelievable. This exploding meteor caused a crater from an explosion in... More 

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Raleigh
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Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

At first glance this is a large hole in the ground. However this is a great place to learn about the scale of the universe, physics and in truth is a spectacular sight. We drove a little over an hour from Flagstaff and paid the reasonable entry to see it. We spent about an hour there and really enjoyed the... More 

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Pocahontas, Tennessee
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Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Worth seeing. The crater is huge and amazing that it occurred about 50 million years ago. I think that's what they told us. Nice facility and make sure you walk out on the observation platform that extends over the crater. You can hear the wind. Sort of eerie. There are some great examples of smaller meteors and good informational displays.... More 

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Thank jewels299
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Reviewed May 21, 2016

Spent a few hours here learning about the meteor that struck earth. Pretty awesome sight. Checked out the crater from different platforms. And there were some scopes fixed onto certain areas of crater and a plaque with a description of what is visible on eye piece. Pretty awesome sight. This is a must sight to add to your list of... More 

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Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

This was a very wonderful experience. It not only has just the crater but a very nice museum all about it and other craters that have hit Earth. It also has a shuttle capsule. But be forewarned, it is super windy! We were able to get some photos on the lower deck but it was impossible to get them on... More 

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