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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 June 12, 2017
ChilMili
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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 May 26, 2017
mmikko
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Joensuu, Finland
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This crater created by prehistoric volcanic eruptions offers hikers a panoramic view of the desert.
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Old Route 66, Mojave Desert, Amboy, CA
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Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

Unless you have plenty of time on your hands I'd forget the hike and view the crater from the viewing platform. It's straightforward until you get to the end where there's some tricky scrambling to get to the rim. And once there I was kinda...More

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed April 1, 2018

Nice place to take a break and stretch the legs. The walk from the parking lot to the crater is a leisurely 20 minute walk. Great views from atop the crater.

Thank bstreetkid
Reviewed February 13, 2018

I love the 3 mile hike (roundtrip) into the crater. I also love that the parking lot is over a mile away as it gives you that sense that you've gone back in time when the world was so volcanic! Very cool!

Thank Backpacker_0905
Reviewed February 4, 2018

This was our third trip from Vegas to Palm Spring via the Mojave preserve. We heard about this crater and decided to make it part of our itinerary and we were not sorry. The attraction was only a 10 minute detour and gave us the...More

Thank EMK260
Reviewed January 12, 2018

This is a neat "Natural" landmark. We did not complete the hike but did walk to the observation tower. It's a great sight and also has nice clean restrooms.

Thank Paige B
Reviewed August 27, 2017

You want experience life on Mars. Visit Amboy Crater in August. Mid-day is best for the full experience. Like any astronaut you need the right gear. Luckily oxygen is plentiful. You have to consider your risks before venturing out this way. There is no fee,no...More

3  Thank David H
Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately, I was coming through this area in August and it was smokin' hot. I just took a few pictures and walked up to the viewing platform. Did I mention how unbelievably hot it was? It would be a beautiful hike in the fall or...More

Thank IndySig
Reviewed August 15, 2017

I am writing this as a warning to other visitors as the people that went there are dead. August 14, a 58 year old woman and a 60 year old man died 100 yards from each other and half way to the crater on a...More

2  Thank steinkamptim
Reviewed June 12, 2017

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.

2  Thank ChilMili
Reviewed May 26, 2017

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.

1  Thank mmikko
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