Experience the impact! 🙂 More than 2 million tons of TNT was said to be the force of the celestial object that made this remarkable planetary crater upon impact, a huge hole in the ground. Roadtripper showed a Meteor Crater attraction in Winslow, AZ, which was just within a few mile radius along my general route. So drove I to see the result of the impact of the meteorite from space hitting the earth! Others say it is just a hole, but a rare one that was formed by a 130’ wide meteor, it is 2.4 miles in circumference, nearly one mile across and more than 570 feet deep. It is huge, the tourists look so small compared to it. The whole crater won’t fit into a regular camera from any of the vantage points, you need a wide-angle lens, or in today, ones even phones with panoramic capabilities.
It was in a place like out of nowhere, about 6 miles from Route 66/ I-40. My GPS that time didn’t point me to the exact location so I just had to keep driving since I was several miles into the trip. The admission associate attending to me was a sweet elderly woman, and I saw a couple of them. The admission fee was $18 per person that time, but it was worth the experience to see the crater, a part of earth history, in person. It was amazing. There was a telescope where you can see the spaceman in the middle of the crater. It gives you an idea of how big it is. They now have Google Earth images where you can take a tour inside the hole and find the spaceman :-).
For a unique Meteor Crater, it was surprising to learn that it was privately owned [by Barringer Crater Co]. It has a museum, theater, gift shop, and Subway to eat at. The Crater is the largest, most well-preserved meteor crater, impact site, in the world.