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Amboy Crater

Old Route 66 (National Trails Hwy), Mojave Desert, Amboy, CA
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Visit October through April

June is just too hot. We hiked a little but didn't make it to the crater. I would like to return... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Memphis, Tennessee
Very good place

A very good place to visit. About 1,5 miles south from Route 66, near Amboy. There are picnic area... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joensuu, Finland
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This crater created by prehistoric volcanic eruptions offers hikers a panoramic view of the desert.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“viewing area” (4 reviews)
“cinder cone” (5 reviews)
“lava fields” (3 reviews)
Old Route 66 (National Trails Hwy), Mojave Desert, Amboy, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

June is just too hot. We hiked a little but didn't make it to the crater. I would like to return to complete the mission.

Thank ChilMili
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very good place to visit. About 1,5 miles south from Route 66, near Amboy. There are picnic area and restrooms. A nice view.

Thank mmikko
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...More

Thank conniegum
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
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...More

Thank CheekyMonkey12
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...More

Thank shelbyscott
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,...More

Thank philhotelier
Reviewed 14 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...More

Thank Muzzysgirl
Reviewed 24 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...More

Thank Jim K
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...More

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