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Amboy Crater

Old Route 66, Mojave Desert, Amboy, CA
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Cool place!

I love the 3 mile hike (roundtrip) into the crater. I also love that the parking lot is over a mile... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Backpacker_0905
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San Luis Obispo, CA
Wow & in the middle of nowhere.

This was our third trip from Vegas to Palm Spring via the Mojave preserve. We heard about this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
EMK260
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Brooklyn, New York
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This crater created by prehistoric volcanic eruptions offers hikers a panoramic view of the desert.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“viewing area” (4 reviews)
“mile hike” (3 reviews)
“paved road” (2 reviews)
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Old Route 66, Mojave Desert, Amboy, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 12 January 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
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Reviewed 27 August 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

1  Thank David H
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Reviewed 20 August 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
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Reviewed 15 August 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

Thank steinkamptim
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Reviewed 12 June 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.

1  Thank ChilMili
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Reviewed 26 May 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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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

2  Thank conniegum
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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

1  Thank Mpsalmon
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