It was day 1 of our Spring Cross-Country Trip from Arizona to Massachusetts. We decided to stay at the Petrified Forest KOA in Holbrook, AZ. There are several things we want to see here and the Meteor Crater was one of them. It's located at Exit 233 off Route 40 and is about 53 miles west of Holbrook.
The wind here was crazy and the guide inside said they've been known to get 120 mph gusts! Yikes. Hold onto your little ones! Because of the wind the tours around the rim were not offered that day. The cost of admittance is probably standard for such destinations but it must be a challenge for parents with several children. I think back to my own parents who had 6 children. We were an active family, always doing something or traveling somewhere and I really appreciate that now. However, the kids we saw inside were very happy interacting with the exhibits and handling the wind outside as they white-knuckled that railings which checking out the observations spots.
It was a very friendly attentive staff throughout the Visitor Center. The gift store was a very thorough store ranging from affordable items to delight children to collector items for adults.
They had a Subway sandwich shop and, on the day of our visit, you got a coupon for a free cookie with your Subway purchase. There was also a discount coupon for their Mobile gas station on the way out.
Here is our first video attempt. My awesome mentor keeps guiding us to better and better video production.
Be aware, especially during the hot weather, that dogs are not allowed inside the Meteor Crater visitor center or on the guided only tours around the rim of the meteor.
"While pets are not permitted inside the Meteor Crater facility or when hiking outside or on one of our guided rim tours, we do have a dog run located right off the parking lot. Also, if you have a kennel for your dog, we will make every effort to accommodate your dog inside to the right of the Admissions area. Please just feel free to ask and we will do our very best to accommodate your dog." - Meteor Crater team