Roden Crater

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Roden Crater
An overhead view of Roden crater, photo taken from a satellite
Satellite view of Roden Crater, the site of an earthwork in progress by James Turrell outside Flagstaff, Arizona.
Highest point
Elevation5,443 ft (1,659 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence470 ft (143 m) [2]
Coordinates35°25′33″N 111°15′32″W / 35.4259092°N 111.2587763°W / 35.4259092; -111.2587763Coordinates: 35°25′33″N 111°15′32″W / 35.4259092°N 111.2587763°W / 35.4259092; -111.2587763[1]
Roden Crater is located in the United States
Roden Crater
Roden Crater
Roden Crater is located in Arizona
Roden Crater
Roden Crater
LocationCoconino County, Arizona, U.S.
Topo mapUSGS Roden Crater
Volcanic fieldSan Francisco volcanic field

Roden Crater is a cinder cone type of volcanic cone from an extinct volcano, with a remaining interior volcanic crater. It is located northeast of the city of Flagstaff in northern Arizona, United States.

Art project[edit]

For his land art project, artist James Turrell acquired the 400,000-year-old, 3-mile-wide (4.8 km) crater's land.[3] Turrell has since been transforming the inner cone of the crater into a massive naked-eye observatory, designed specifically for viewing and experiencing sky-light, solar, and celestial phenomena; the fleeting winter and summer solstice events will be highlighted.[4]


The Dia Art Foundation is continuing to advocate for the development of James Turrell's Roden Crater project in the Painted Desert in Arizona which was begun in the 1970s with Dia's support.[5][6] James Turrell, who purchased the Roden Crater in 1979, had plans to open the crater for public viewing in 2011, [7] but now has tentatively set the opening for 2024.[8]

2015 Fundraising Tours[edit]

A fundraising event held daily from May 14th to 17th, 2015, allowed a limited number of visitors to tour Roden Crater for a donation of $5,000 to the Skystone Foundation, Turrell’s nonprofit organization.[9] An additional $1,500 covered a hotel room, tour, onsite dinner, and breakfast the following morning.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Grand Falls". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  2. ^ "Roden Crater AZ". Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  3. ^ Cook, Earl. "Roden Crater Project - A Perspective". Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  4. ^ Brown, Jullia. "Occluded Front, James Turrell". The Lapis Press. 1985. ISBN 978-0-932499-10-3 cloth, ISBN 0-932499-11-2 paper – official Turrell-Roden Crater book
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Dia Art Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-03-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "About Dia § Affiliates". Dia Art Foundation. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  7. ^ Finkel, Jori (November 25, 2007). "Shh! It's a Secret Kind of Outside Art". New York Times.
  8. ^ MACKENZIE, CHASE. "Roden Crater tentatively set to open in 2024 thanks to ASU and Kanye West". Arizona Daily Sun. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  9. ^ Miller, M. H. (February 19, 2015). "James Turrell Allowing Limited Visitors to Roden Crater for $6,500 a Person". ARTnews.

10. Harwood, Richard. "The Geological History of Roden Crater". Retrieved Feb. 20, 2019. [1]

External links[edit]

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