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.
Elevation 5400[1]
Prominence 600 ft (180 m)[1]
Roden Crater is located in Arizona
Roden Crater
Roden Crater
Location in Arizona
Location north of Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.
Range San Francisco volcanic field
Coordinates 35°25′32″N 111°15′31″W / 35.4256°N 111.2586°W / 35.4256; -111.2586Coordinates: 35°25′32″N 111°15′31″W / 35.4256°N 111.2586°W / 35.4256; -111.2586[2]
Volcanic arc/belt San 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]

The artist James Turrell, for his land art project, 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 the 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] James Turrell, who purchased the Roden Crater in 1979, had plans to open the crater for public viewing in 2011.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ABOUT". Skystone Foundation. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Double Crater". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Roden Crater project info
  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. ^ Dia Art Foundation
  6. ^ 11/25/2007-New York Times article

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