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Amboy Crater  [previous page]

is off of historic route 66 (National Trails Highway) in Amboy California.

It is an amazing sight. What is also amazing is that most people drive by the crater and are oblivious to the crater.

The crater is about 250 feet high and 6,000 years old. There is a path that leads to the top. You want to wear good shoes - no open toes - on the hike because volcanic rock can be very sharp. I'll spend a couple of hours on this little hike because it is a nice break on my way to or from Las Vegas.

The crater was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973 and the BLM takes care of the area. There are shaded and un-shaded picnic tables, viewing areas and vault restrooms. There is also an interpretative trail with information about desert safety.

Take plenty of water.

Stop and rest awhile.

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