Roden Crater

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
Elevation 5,443 ft (1,659 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 470 ft (143 m)[2]
Coordinates 35°25′37″N 111°15′28″W / 35.426950444°N 111.257710872°W / 35.426950444; -111.257710872Coordinates: 35°25′37″N 111°15′28″W / 35.426950444°N 111.257710872°W / 35.426950444; -111.257710872[1]
Roden Crater

Location Coconino County, Arizona, U.S.
Topo map USGS Roden Crater
Volcanic field 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

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 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


  1. 1 2 "Grand Falls". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  2. "Roden Crater AZ". Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  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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