METEOR CRATER IS ONE BIG ROADSIDE ATTRACTION
NEAR WINSLOW – Just a short drive off I-40 between Flagstaff and Winslow, remnants of a 50,000-year-old collision are visible. “Visible,” I suppose, is an understatement. A massive crater – nearly one mile across and 2.4 miles in circumference – was created here when an asteroid traveling some 26,000 miles-per-hour smashed into the Earth.
Meteor Crater is reportedly the best-preserved meteorite impact site on the planet, so it’s certainly worth the 6-mile ride from the highway (even if the $16 adult admission seems excessive to view a giant hole in the ground). It’s also referred to as Barringer Crater, named after Daniel Barringer, a mining engineer who is credited as the first person to assert the hole was produced by a meteor