We had this trip planned months ago, but the day before this weekend photo shoot, the weather was a bit nasty: dark clouds and rain. A few wanted to cancel, but our trip leader still gave her green light. I always know that there is sunshine after the rain, and dramatic clouds, too!
Source: Bureau of Land Management
The inside of the 250′ high crater contains two lava dams behind which has formed small lava lakes. These are now flat in general appearance, covered with light colored clay, creating the impression of miniature “dry lakes.”
The 3 of us, Mimi, Jenn and me, separated from the group ( I think we were at least 40) and proceeded to Amboy to watch the sunset. We stayed for an hour before we headed home.
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.