The Great AZ Road Trip

Meteor Crater

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With rumors going around about the possibility of traveling to Mars, people are now more than ever excited about taking a vacation from earth. The meteor crater in Winslow, AZ offers just that.

Winslow’s Meteor Crater is the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site. This crater is the result of a collision between a piece of an asteroid travelling at 26,000 miles per hour and Earth approximately 50,00 years ago.

The crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep.

The crater came to the attention of scientists following its discovery by European settlers in the 19th century. It’s been dubbed the Canyon Diablo Crater.

There are outdoor observation trails, air-conditioned indoor viewing, a wide screen movie theater and an interactive discovery center at the modern Visitor Center located on the crater rim.

It is said that, in the ‘60s, astronauts used this crater to prepare for the moon landing. So, those wishing to venture to Mars might follow in our famed astronauts’ footsteps (from afar, at least. Leave the true traversing of the crater to your dreams).

Learn more about Winslow’s Meteor Crater by visiting their fun website here.