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Amboy Crater, Amboy

#271 of 607 in Nature in California
Volcano · Desert
Amboy Crater is an extinct cinder cone volcano that rises above a 70-square-kilometer (27 sq mi) lava field in the eastern Mojave Desert of southern California, within Mojave Trails National Monument.
It is about 75 miles (120 km) equidistant from Barstow to the west and Needles to the east, and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of historic U.S. Route 66, near the town of Amboy in San Bernardino County. In 1973, Amboy Crater was designated the Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark.
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  • Well maintained road to trail head. Bathrooms there, bring water. View in area to left in parking area and trail starts next to bathrooms. Shelters here to sit and two trail bench's to rest on the....  more »
  • This a great place to stop and look at what nature has to offer. The sign states 3 hours roundtrip for this hike but it was less than 2 hours. Also they warn you of heat exhaustion but it's not bad...  more »
  • Let me just say, the drive to the creator is very scenic! The Crater itself is huge! About a mile long in circumference! If you plan on hiking this thing be sure to bring plenty of water! Temperatures can climb into the 90s so be precautious!
  • Weirdly beautiful! It really is like being on a different planet. The hike to the top of the cone rim is worth it and is much easier than it looks from the bottom. After you pass the sitting area at the base of the cone, the trail rounds to the back where the side of the cone was blown off. This makes it much easier. You don’t have to climb up a steep ascent straight up the side of the cone. You have a short climb into the cone, then there are multiple trails up to the rim. Take lots of water. It gets hotter as you near the cone. Wear hiking boots. There is soft sand on the trail to the cone, and loose lava rock up the side of the cone. There is cellular signal inside the cone! 😉

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