If you look closely at the rocks, you can see damage from the explosion.
From the edge of the rim, you can look out and see how flat the land is in comparison to this one location. Miles and miles of desert land, used by the Barringers for their cattle.
Back in 1902, Daniel M. Barringer, was convinced that this hole was not only created by a huge meteorite, but that he would find that meteorite buried beneath the crater floor. He went about drilling a 1,400 foot shaft deep into the center of the crater, looking for the rock that would make him rich.
He died 27 years later, finding nothing.
From the telescopes on the platform, you can see his work area far below, the top of the shaft.
The shape of the crater below forms a fabulous wind tunnel. Hairspray will not do any good. Believe me.
The Crater is such a big natural wonder that some people mistakenly believe it’s owned by the government. Because it is privately owned, be prepared for an entry fee to visit the crater and the visitors center of $18 per person.
If you are in northern Arizona, traveling along interstate 40, try to take a few hours out of your day and visit this amazing meteor crater.
Seems that nothing in this part of Arizona is small.
Here is a short video taken by a drone. It will give you a better idea of how awe inspiring this place is.