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Amboy Crater

Old Route 66, Mojave Desert, Amboy, CA
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Real Mars Experience!

You want experience life on Mars. Visit Amboy Crater in August. Mid-day is best for the full... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
David H
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Carbondale, Illinois
Very hot in August

Unfortunately, I was coming through this area in August and it was smokin' hot. I just took a few... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
IndySig
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Indy
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This crater created by prehistoric volcanic eruptions offers hikers a panoramic view of the desert.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good44%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“viewing area” (4 reviews)
“mile hike” (3 reviews)
“lava fields” (3 reviews)
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Old Route 66, Mojave Desert, Amboy, CA
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Reviewed 28 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

Thank David H
Reviewed 21 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
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
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.

Thank ChilMili
Reviewed 27 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.

Thank mmikko
Reviewed 23 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

1  Thank conniegum
Reviewed 22 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
Reviewed 12 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

1  Thank CheekyMonkey12
Reviewed 9 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

1  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

1  Thank philhotelier
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