Arizona’s Meteor Crater: Walk in the Footsteps of Astronauts

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July 1, 2019

Photo: Meteor Crater A person in a space suit looks out over Meteor Crater from the rim.

Meteor Crater RV Park invites visitors to explore like astronauts.

Meteor Crater is the best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth! Located in Northern Arizona, its topographical terrain closely resembles the surface of the moon and other planets. So closely, in fact, that United States astronauts use the area as a training site.

A group of about 20 people hike along the rim of Meteor Crater.

A tour group hikes the rim of Meteor Crater. Photo: Meteor Crater

A man helps a child look through a telescope in a museum dedicated to astronomy.

Photo: Meteor Crater

At Meteor Crater, visitors can see an actual Apollo Test Capsule, take a guided rim tour, explore the interactive Museum/Discovery Center and experience the new 4D Space Adventure! Join Commander Perseus and First Officer Jackie on an all-immersive space flight with special effects and full-motion seats aboard the STS Barringer on a mission to save Earth. Fly down into the Crater, and then off into space to intersect an asteroid that is on a collision course with Earth. Expanded Gift/Rock Shop and new Blasted Bistro Restaurant also open daily.

Meteor Crater RV Park is a Good Sam Top Rated Park. It’s the perfect hub for exploring Northern Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Historic Route-66, Sedona Red Rock Country and more. Meteor Crater RV Park is big-rig friendly, with pull-through spaces, a country store, laundry facilities and free WiFi. The park also is pet friendly.

Located 35 miles east of Flagstaff on Interstate 40 at Exit 233. For more info visit, meteorcrater.com.