The Odessa Meteor Crater is reached by driving 2 miles along a side road (FM 1936
) south of I-20 exit 108, over some railroad tracks then across level scrubland used, like most of the surroundings for many miles, for oil and gas drilling - past the crater turn-off, the road continues southwards through a gate and into private land of the South Cowden Oil Field
. The north side of the crater is overlooked by the staffed visitor center and museum (open 9 am to 6 pm), from where a quarter mile path crosses the center and returns along the western rim, passing such features as exploratory trenches (excavated between 1939 and 1941), overgrown limestone strata pushed up by the meteor 50 feet above their normal level, powdered rock resulting from the impact, a capped 165 foot shaft dug by misguided early geologists looking for the buried meteor, and a small satellite crater, also discovered quite recently, using a magnetometer. In fact the land nearby has several other craters, even less obvious, all resulting from the same octahedrite meteor shower. Although the area is of great importance, the filling by sediment has left the crater barely recognizable, and the various excavations over recent years have interrupted what little symmetry remained. Nearby construction, including oil pumpjacks, picnic shelters, fences and railings, also intrudes on the scene. Not too many people seem to visit, despite the nearby interstate highway.
A few miles northeast, Odessa
has a good selection of hotels.