Friends have been asking us, “Where’s Amboy Crater?” My smart-ass answer is always Amboy! It’s actually south of the I-40 between Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. You get to drive on Route 66 for a little bit! It’s a nice free one night stop. It’s also a really good for stargazing. All the clouds cleared out and at 10pm it was a spectacular celestial display.
On our way home we drove through a little community called Wonder Valley. That was a real eye opener….
It was just us and another guy in a little Casita trailer. We never even said hello to each other. He was definitely throwing off the “I’m not social” vibe.
From the Airstream it was a half mile on road to the trailhead. Then we did four miles on a dirt path getting to and from the crater as well as exploring the inside and the rim.
Make no doubt about it, it gets hot here in the summer.
A closer view
It reminded us of Craters of the Moon National Monument.
The ubiquitous piece of toilet paper 😢
Inside the crater
This put a smile on the heart rock collector’s face.
We walked half way around the rim. There are rumors that occasionally a Marine chopper pilot from Twenty Nine Palms will land in the crater at night.
Western Fence Lizard
Looking east from the rim.
Finally, a decent sunset!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you freight trains run all day and night, so keep that in mind before spending the night. It didn’t bother us though.
Omg, it’s so nice to see your blog posts again! Happy trails to you! 🙂