Is there a meteorite beneath the Crestone Crater?

Trip name: Is there a meteorite beneath the Crestone Crater? Date: June 25, 2011

Length of trip: Half day

Field trip leaders: Andrew Valdez, Anya Rietz (Colorado School of Mines)

CFI Field trip coordinators: Andrew Valdez

Subject: The origin of the Crestone Crater is unknown.

Some believe it is an impact by a meteorite since a meteorite was witnessed coming over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the 1920s. It was studied in the 1960s by Smithsonian Institute geologist and re-evaluated this spring by students from Colorado School of Mines. They used geophysical techniques to image the subsurface.

Where and when to meet: Baca Grande POA office parking lot, 9 AM The Baca Grande POA office is on Road T (the road to Crestone) and is east of the golf course and 2.5 miles west of Crestone  

Trip ends: Noon   Cost of trip:  members: $15, non-members: $20, students/children: $5   Maximum number of trip of attendees: 30

What will be seen:  A well preserved crater in a sand deposit.

Lunch: No lunch will be provided, but Crestone has several excellent restaurants.   Level of physical activity: Getting to the crate involves an easy to moderate one mile hike.

What to bring:  Sunscreen, comfortable hiking shoes, be prepared for windy or rainy weather.   Bathroom facilities: None.   Transportation:  Self transportation.

How to register for trip: Crestone Crater Field Trip, July 23, 2011 - Online Registration

For additional information:  Call CFI at (719) 378-6384 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please leave your contact info for a return call or email.