The best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth!
The crater did not disappoint us and was worth the visit. The owners offer two videos, one that has Commander Perseus flying you out of the crater to a distant asteroid and another detailing the history of the crater. One fact that is new came from new discoveries that now estimate the crater to be 61,000 years old. I think the crater is amazing, but the visitors that day were more impressed with the strong 60 MPH winds up on the outdoor viewing pad. If you are on I-40 going through Arizona, be sure to visit the crater! Map
Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert
It may be hard to imagine, but 225 million years ago Arizona was a hot, humid and lush green tropical landscape where early dinosaurs and reptiles roamed. Over the past 200 million years continents moved, regions uplifted and climate changed. Plants, trees and animals were buried by layers of sediments and over time were petrified and fossilized giving us a glimpse of this once tropical paradise.
The Painted Desert and Blue Mesa Trail
The Petrified Forest is one of the best places in the world to see the fossil record from the Late Triassic Period. The remnants of prehistoric forest, now petrified wood, plant and animal fossils, and artifacts tell us a lot about this beautiful land area in Arizona. Map
A Tapestry of Time with countless colors, hues, and shades paint this area that stretches as far as the eye can see. Shaped by wind and water, this land holds vital clues to the past.
Hundreds of species of plant and animal fossils have been found in the park, testifying to the abundant life of this once tropical landscape. Explore where early dinosaurs roamed and giant forest toppled. At first glance these badlands might appear barren and lifeless. But, if you look closely you will discover a living scientific laboratory that reveals prehistoric plants, animals and a river system larger than anything on earth today.
Takin' it Easy in Winslow, Arizona!
When in the area, be sure to drop in and see the town made famous by a song about Winslow, Arizona. Remember the Eagles song "Take it Easy", well that's what you do in Winslow. We had lunch at the Relic Road Brewing Company right of the corner on Route 66, and it was fantastic! Can't wait to travel through there again and stop in for a bite. Try the corkscrew potato fries for sure!