Odessa Meteor Crater and Museum
Odessa Meteor Crater and Museum Midland Reviews
60,000 years ago it may have been something! Apr 29, 2013
Located only a couple of miles south of the Interstate near Odessa is this site which has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. There is a museum style information building which happened to be closed on the Monday that we were there and a small information area and nature trail which circles the outline of the crater and includes an area down in the bottom of the crater.
The crater is 168 meters (550 feet) in diameter and the age is estimated to be around 63,500 years (Pleistocene). The crater is exposed to the surface, and was originally about 100 feet (30 meters) deep. Due to subsequent infilling by soil and debris, the crater is currently 15 feet (5 meters) deep at its lowest point, which provides enough relief to be visible over the surrounding plains, but does not give you much of the dramatic effect of some other craters, such as the one in Arizona.
Easy to get to but not very thrilling. It won’t knock your sox off.
Part of the Roadtrip 2013 travel blog
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