Amboy Crater

BLM

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Crater Road
Amboy, CA 92304
760-326-7000
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GPS: 34.5577, -115.7769

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: asphalt

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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8 people have reviewed this location.

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Cell Phone Coverage

2bars
Verizon 4G
1bars
Verizon Extended
4bars
AT&T 4G
1bars
AT&T Extended
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

bmiler would stay here again

“Trains kept waking me”

Reviewed Mar 29, 2018

Overall Rating

Nice clean site/area, not quite as level as others stated but OK. The night I was here 3 vans of college kids also camped nearby a bit of chatter but not bad. The overflow lot is not that large but sufficient for a 1/2 dozen rigs. Cell phone coverage (Verizon) was spotty and at times I had no service. For an overnight spot, quite suffi... more

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1bars
Verizon 4G

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WanderB's
Gig Harbor, WA
30 Jayco Precept
5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: Paved & level overflow parking lot

WanderB's would stay here again

“Quick hike and a peaceful sleep along Route 66”

Reviewed Feb 20, 2018

Overall Rating

Nice paved and level overflow parking lot that could accommodate the biggest of rigs. We didn’t have to unhook the dingy and we were able to pull in and out with no problems. The hike up the crater is a cool experience but not one you need multiple days to get everything g out of it... this spot is definitely worth a quick stop and if ... more

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1bars
AT&T Extended

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Me and Molly MaGee
ME
19 Scamp 5th Wheel
8 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Me and Molly MaGee would stay here again

“Great little parking area right off Rt 66!”

Reviewed Jan 08, 2018

Overall Rating

We stayed one night in the paved overflow lot- first lot before the trailhead. Trains in the distance, but earplugs work. Quiet, beautiful desert. Good hike to the Crater, well marked. No tp and overflowing trash, but otherwise a good, free stopover.

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2bars
Verizon 4G

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Brake for Nature

30 Northwood Arctic Fox 25Y
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
8 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Brake for Nature would stay here again

“Lonely parking lot in the desert”

Reviewed Mar 05, 2017

Overall Rating

This is a small asphalt area in the Mojave Desert about 20 miles off Interstate 40 and just off of Historic Route 66. It’s easy to park any size rig here given the level parking lot. At the same time, it is dark, quiet, and fairly remote, like boondocking should be. We stayed here in November 2016. This was our very first experien... more

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1bars
Verizon Extended

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Loup407
Fruita, CO
25 Earthroamer
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
41 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Loup407 would stay here again

“Nice place to boondock.”

Reviewed Jan 02, 2017

Overall Rating

We spent New Year's Eve here, after hiking the crater. We stayed in the overflow parking lot, and didn't see another person. It poured all night, and the access road was covered in mud, but driveable. The toilets were clean, but trash cans were overflowing and there was no toilet paper. It's not a bad place to overnight. Note, trains ... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G
3bars
Verizon 4G

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Chris Chris would stay here again

“Remote and secluded”

Reviewed Aug 19, 2016

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I spent two nights here (one on the way to my destination and one on the way back). I parked my van in the far corner of the overflow lot, where overnight camping is allowed, and slept in the van. I was the only person there both times. The site was quiet, the calm broken only by the occasional train passing by half a km away. It was a... more

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SubaruVagabond

Subaru Outback
48 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

SubaruVagabond would stay here again

“Great Spot for a Night, Great Day Use”

Reviewed Apr 11, 2016

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This is a wonderful spot for a night. If I'm traveling along Route 66 in the future and want a spot to pull over for the night, this is one that's definitely on my list! It's all asphalt, including the road in and the campsite. The road in is a bit skinny, but not too bad at all. You are camped close to the road, but there isn't any... more

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LanceH
OR
2016 GMC Sierra Duramax double cab, long bed / 2014 Airstream Flying Cloud - 30'
19 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

LanceH would stay here again

“Night Vista's, Route 66 and Craters!”

Reviewed Mar 12, 2016

Overall Rating

We were traveling between Paso Robels and Needles California and needed a place to spend the night. While traveling on the old Route 66 we passed by the Amboy Crater National Mounument park. Operated by the BLM [http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/needles/amboy.html] there is a day camp and a separate flat, asphalt area for group camping ... more

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5bars
AT&T 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
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  • big rig
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