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.