After taking 2 rain checks on this planned trip, we finally got a chance to visit the Barringer Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon this weekend.

Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

The Meteor Crater site was surprisingly busy.... Leaving me to wonder if Friday's recent meteor crash in Russia's Chelyabinsk caused a spike in visitations. Well, for $16 per person, Meteor Crater in Arizona has to be making a nice profit from the entrance fees. ;)

After paying the entrance fee, we watched a very short 10 minute film in their theater that was worth watching just to get the background info. We also walked through the mini-museum before going out to the impact site:

Holsinger Meteor at Museum of Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

Excavation equipment, museum, Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

Meteor Crater museum, Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

Stairs to Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

Stairs down to the lower viewing area. Walking down into the crater floor is prohibited. Which is probably how they keep this crater as one of the best preserved impact sites.

Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff and Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ
It's hard to gauge the size and distance of things but there are plenty of telescopes to peek through.  Without telescopes, you can't tell what is exactly in the middle....

shaft, American flag, 6 foot astronaut, center of Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ
Luckily, I also brought a zoom lens for my camera. The astronaut is 6 feet / 72 inches tall.

shaft, American flag, 6 foot astronaut, center of Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ
The hole is a shaft down.

stairs to Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ Stairs to the upper viewing area.

Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

Meteor crater impact site from the upper viewing area.

panoramic view, panorama, Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff and Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

museum, visitor center, miles of nothing, Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ
Miles and miles of nothingness around the area... I think it was like this before the impact.

telescope viewing of Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

window less wall, Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

boiler plate 29A, Apollo Test Capsule, Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

panoramic view, panorama, Barringer Meteor Crater, between Flagstaff & Winslow on I-40, Arizona, AZ

Address: Interstate 40, Exit 233, Winslow, AZ 86047
Hours: Regular 8am – 5pm, Summer – Sept 15 7am – 7pm
Fees: Adults $16, Seniors $15 (60+), Juniors $8 (6-17), 5 & Under Free
Websites: meteorcrater.com