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Amboy Crater

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Address: Old Route 66 (National Trails Hwy), Mojave Desert, Amboy, CA

This crater created by prehistoric volcanic eruptions offers hikers a...

This crater created by prehistoric volcanic eruptions offers hikers a panoramic view of the desert.

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Off the Beaten Path

My husband and I visited the Amboy Crater between stops at Joshua Tree and Needles, CA. We didn't hike to the crater, since we were with our dog, but just being able to take some... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
Camarillo, California
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Hereford, AZ
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

I lucked out with this place. I was in nearby Mojave National Preserve while on spring break and saw via a wildflower website that this place was in full bloom that same week. So I went out of my way by 80 miles and headed to this out-of-the-way place south of I-40. The entrance is now on the Old Route... More 

Thank conniegum
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6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Nice spot... nice view... has restrooms and picnic areas, can take a hike to get closer than the viewing area. Not something to delay a trip over, but if you have the time go for it

Thank Mpsalmon
Camarillo, California
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154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

My husband and I visited the Amboy Crater between stops at Joshua Tree and Needles, CA. We didn't hike to the crater, since we were with our dog, but just being able to take some photos of the Crater and viewing it from afar was worth the detour. It IS a walk to the crater, all signs and information on-line... More 

Thank CheekyMonkey12
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

Right off Route 66 outside Amboy is a pull out sight to the crater. A short time we got to the top parking lot. A short trail took us to the overlook. Was surprised to see the size of the crater. Knowing from looking at the other extinct volcano's around. This must have been here for a very long time.

Thank shelbyscott
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Me and my husband are doing free hiking trips across Southern California. He discover this place and it was stunning!! Maybe more than a mile hike, it was easy for me. Hard part was when I want to see the view. From inside the crater, climb the wall of the volcano and you'll see the amazing view. Heading was fine... More 

Thank philhotelier
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Me, my Husband & our adult daughter went to the Crater Sat. Feb.11,2016. My daughter & husband liked it but it was a long trek for me. It's quite a long walk from the parking lot to the Crater. Then you walk around near the back to climb up into the Crater. I don't like climbing up places that has... More 

Thank Muzzysgirl
Indio, California
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a volcanic crater that is easy to spot when you get to Amboy. It is west of the town and has a nice viewing area from afar and bathrooms.The crater itself is a ways away from the viewing and it takes about 3 hours to walk there and back so be prepared with GOOD Health and Hiking skills... More 

Thank Jim K
Mesa, Arizona
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Ya maybe little too hot in Aug to hike to the top but worth the stop anyway. 1 1/2 mile hike one way to the crater and then some to the top. Many gazebos for a picnic lunch and bathrooms that were very clean. Has a ADA ramp to a shaded gazebo. Many facts posted on the information boards around... More 

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Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

We only went here because our route down the 66 took us within a mile of the viewpoint. It may be a volcano but it's long extinct and too be honest looks more like a cylindrical coal heap. Sounds a bit unkind but there you go. It's also a mile out and another back to go and walk up close... More 

Thank Milnthorp
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Although this place is in the middle of nowhere, it is worth the drive. The crater is about a mile away from the parking lot so a very doable short hike, but if you go during warm weather be certain to bring lots of water. There is no water at the site. You will walk through black rock lava fields... More 

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