Last time we visited, it was 15 minutes before closing. There were no tours left, and we pretty much had the crater viewing area all to ourselves. While a bit rushed, it was amazing to see the sun set over the rim!
This time, we planned to get there in the afternoon and have lunch at Subway (in the visitors' center) before we set off for the final leg of our journey. The day was glorious, and the crater was just as we remembered it. For L, it was her first look at the big hole in the ground. We watched the brief film and caught a tour with Edwardo, who gave us an overview of the history and geology. He was terrific.
We took a few photos:
|Sign of a Crater|
|The Crater looms ahead|
|Pay to enter|
|Crater...see the hawk? Dead center? Click to zoom!|
|bottom of crater|
|T preparing to take a photo|
|L preparing to take a photo|
|L and T compare impressions|
|The three intrepid travelers!|
|The near rim of the crater|
|The far rim of the crater|
|Above the visitor center|
|Struggling up the stairs...blah.|
|Looking down on the lower viewing station|
BTW, when Google maps says it's 10 hours from Meteor Crater to TAC, they are right on the money.