Arizona Destinations: Meteor Crater in Flagstaff

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If you look closely at the rocks, you can see damage from the explosion.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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10 thoughts on “Arizona Destinations: Meteor Crater in Flagstaff”

    1. Hi Heather!

      Thanks so much for following us on our journey! Yes, this place was definitely worth the stop. It’s one of those things that you have to actually see
      in person to really appreciate. Learned a lot too!


  1. It is interesting that you are working at the KOA in Williams, AZ. We owned a lot in Williams that we are trying to sell. We have a daughter that is back in Flagstaff. Another one moved from Flagstaff to Denver. Both daughters attended NAU in Flagstaff. We have visited Meteor Crater and I also know where Bedrock City is. I really enjoy reading your blogs. Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Louise!

      You know it is a small world, isn’t it? We really love this area of the country. We were pleasantly surprised when we got here. Lots of fir trees, green and lovely
      mountains! And the summer is beautiful! We may return here one day if and when we decide to stay permanently. Thanks so much for following along! Maybe we will run into each other one day!


    1. Thanks so much for following along! Seems that there are amazing things to see most anywhere you go. You just have to slow down and look! Hope you are having a wonderful July!


    1. Hi Sherri!
      It is definitely worth the visit! Thanks so much for stopping by the Traveling Sitcom! Hope you are having a fabulous summer!


  2. Sooo interesting! does anything grow in it? grass, trees? It doesn’t look like anything grows outside of it either!
    Wonder what would have happened if it had partially landed on someone elses land too. Really interesting!

    1. Hi Bernice!

      Thanks so much for following along! As for your question, well I really don’t think a lot grows out there besides rocks and a bit of tumbleweed here and there.
      That part of Arizona is more of a desert. The land owners have cattle, but I’m really not sure what they eat!

      Hope you are having a fabulous summer!

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