Meteor Crater, AZ
Not far north of Flagstaff is a hole in the ground formed 50,000 years ago by a massive meteorite. What used to be home to woolly mammoths and giant ground sloths, was hit by a nickel iron meteorite, 160 feet in diameter, traveling at 8 miles per second. The resulting blast was a 10 megaton explosion, probably wiping out everything in the area. Meteorite fragments can be found easily in the surrounding areas but are not allowed to be taken.
Big picture: wide angle lens, small picture: 200mm. The buildings in the small picture used to be a training center for astronauts going to the moon.
The stairs leading up to the high lookout. The elevation is around 6,000 feet here, with a small stair climb to the lookout.
The view from the highest lookout
Theres a dirt road that splits off the main road going to the visitor center. It eventually leads to a farm, but its a cool place to see the meteor crater from farther away.
Pretty much everything on either side of the road is private property, so dont be that guy!
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