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METEOR CRATER

  Three miles east of Two Guns, and six miles south of I-40 exit 233, sits Meteor Crater (daily; $12; 928/289-2362), Arizona’s second-most distinctive hole in the ground. Formed by a meteorite some 50,000 years ago, and measuring 550 feet deep and nearly a mile across, the crater is a privately owned tourist attraction, offering an “Astronauts Hall of Fame,” which plays up the crater’s resemblance to the surface of the moon (Apollo moon-walkers practiced here). You can’t climb down into it, but (weather permitting) you can join a guided “rim tour,” walking a half mile there and back across the desert to gaze down into the crater.

Route 66: Ash Fork, Arizona to Gallup, New Mexico map

Route 66 Route Detail: Ash Fork, Arizona to Gallup, New Mexico

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