Meteor Crater is offering residents of Arizona’s high country to come experience Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum for free on Saturday October, 23rd! Meteor Crater has a long-standing tradition of giving free admission to Northern AZ residents and friends of the Crater one day each year. After a pause for the pandemic in 2020, the event is being held again in late October to encourage people to walk the Crater’s edge, find out about its history, enjoy all the attractions, and spend a few hours learning about meteorite impacts from around the world.

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“To show our appreciation to all the great people of Northern Arizona for their continued support, we are excited to offer FREE admission to Meteor Crater. Experience this incredible natural landmark, learn about impact science, see where NASA astronauts trained, and enjoy a day on us!,” says Matthew Kent, president of Meteor Crater.

Admission Instructions and Attractions

For FREE admission, please provide proof of Arizona residency or a local Student I.D. Card to the Admissions Office. All children are welcome into Meteor Crater with a parent’s proof of residency. In addition to viewing the most incredible meteorite impact site on earth, you’ll have the opportunity to watch a 10 minute movie on the history of the Crater; spend time in the world-renowned Interactive Discovery Center with fascinating exhibits, enjoy a thrill ride on Collision! an award-winning 4D Experience, get merch in our Gift & Mineral Shop, and take a guided rim tour of the Crater with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Rim Tour Guides, weather permitting.


Meteor Crater is open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is located at I – 40, Exit 233, just 35 miles east of Flagstaff. Just take I – 40 east of Flagstaff until you reach Exit 233 before you reach Winslow. For more information or to get tickets, visit

About Meteor Crater

Over 50,000 years ago space and earth came together when a huge iron-nickel meteorite, approximately 150 feet wide and weighing several hundred thousand tons, impacted an area outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, with a force 150 times greater than an atomic bomb! The result of this impact was devastation for miles and the creation of the giant bowl-shaped cavity we call Meteor Crater, which measures 550 feet deep and almost a mile wide. The Crater is large enough for 20 football games to be played simultaneously on its floor, while more than 2 million people could watch from the side slopes.