Amboy Crater is a volcanic cone of ash and cinders rising out of a lava flow. It has erupted at least four times; the most recent eruption happened 10,000 years ago. This short hike leads through the basalt flows and up a breach in the crater wall to the center of the cone. After the winter rains, the fields of purple sand verbena and desert lily along this route are especially photogenic. This trip has enough attractions to keep a child captivated, and the steady stream of freight trains on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe line blowing their whistles at Amboy lend a certain atmosphere that some may find appealing. The crater is located on BLM land outside the boundaries of Mojave National Preserve.
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