• Odessa Meteor Crater - Odessa, Texas

      Odessa Meteor Crater
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      The second largest meteor crater in the United States, the Odessa Meteor Crater was formed an estimated 62,000 years ago when a meteor shower struck the earth near the site of present day Odessa. The largest of these, though it mostly has been filled in by the elements over the millennia and now is just a depression a few feet deep, was originally 100 feet deep, and about 500 feet in diameter. Subsequently, a smaller pit nearby has been identified as a second significant meteor crater. There are some informative signs and a visitors center and museum with some additional background information and a fascinating little exhibit of meteorite samples from around the world, some of which you can touch.

      If you go:
      As meteor craters go, this one is not spectacular, but since you can see it for free, and it's conveniently located near the freeway, you might find it a worthwhile pit stop.

      Links:




      5599 Meteor Crater Road
      Odessa, Texas 79763 USA


      Phone Numbers:

      Odessa Meteor Crater
      +1 (432) 381-0946


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