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Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark

A Great Day Activity

July 30, 2012

NEEDLES, Calif – Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973, Amboy Crater was recognized for its visual and geological significance. Although Amboy Crater is not unique, it is an excellent example of a very symmetrical volcanic cinder cone.

Amboy Crater is approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes from Barstow or Needles. If you want to cruise down historic Route 66 and “get your kicks” here is your chance! From the west: Take I-40 to the Ludlow exit. Then take the National Trails Hwy (aka Route 66) southeast towards Amboy. From the east, take I-40 to the Mountain Springs exit. Take National Trails Hwy heading west towards Amboy.

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