"The big Meteor Hole" Winslow Things to Do Tip by ahwahneeliz
Winslow Things to Do: 21 reviews and 66 photos
We are up for most things... big balls of twine, 72 oz steaks... and there we were, driving through the Arizona desert. We kept seeing these signs touting METEOR CRATER!!! Ohhhh, Ahhhh. So, we figure what the heck and take the drive.
We were in the motor home with a wheel chair bound person. We drove to the upper parking lot to let out our wheelchair person and were told by the ranger that we couldn't park there. Sorry, but we are happy to move the RV down the gravel hill as soon as we offload the wheelchair and get her settled.
That being done we find that there is a gift shop, fully staffed with persons who didn't seem much like they wanted to be the staff... where one of our party was quickly educated about the fact that he was a Native American, and that the word Indian is a pejorative. Hmmm. Not where we come from, but ok, great to know, did you have to be so mean about it? I'm sure that some of the employees were nice.
The "discovery center" was pretty good. Some hands on, but not big or involved enough to spend much time there. The HOLE was big. It was impressive... ... ...... but really, IT'S A HOLE. They shouldn't have charged $15 for adults and $8 for kids to look at a hole.
We weren't sorry that we saw the hole, as a matter of fact we have some funny stories about some of the stupid yet funny things that one of our party did on the trip (along with being swiftly educated about Native Americans, she was also involved in the taking of a 1/2" pebble, which is heretofore known as "the felonious rock"). We often joke about visiting the hole.
If you are really into astronomy, this might be worth $15 for you. But I still think it was a stretch.
Their web site says 20 miles from Winslow. Really, we felt like we were driving a very long time once we got off the highway. And of course, once you've driven to the middle of the desert to get to your destination, you pretty much feel like you may as well pay all that money.
In summary, if you just HAVE to see a crater hole, because you've always wanted to see a crater hole, go see this. As crater holes go, I'm sure this is great. For the rest of us, save your $15 dollars (plus gas money) and go see the biggest ball of twine.
Address: off I-40 20 miles from Winslow
Directions: I-40 at exit 233, then 6 miles south on the paved road. 35 miles east of Flagstaff, 20 miles west of Winslow, in Arizona
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