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Route 66 - Amboy, California

Roys Cafe in Amboy California.  BLM Photo

Amboy, California, is a nearly empty ghost town in California's Mojave Desert, roughly 60 miles northeast of Twentynine Palms. It was once a major stop along famous Route 66 but has seen much lower visitation since the opening of Interstate 40 to the north in 1973. Amboy is home to the famous Roy's Motel and Cafe, a Route 66 Landmark that is currently under renovation.

The town was named in 1883 by Lewis Kingman, a locating engineer for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. It is the first in a string of alphabetical railroad stations in the Mojave Desert.

Portions of Historic Route 66 are temporarily closed for repairs

Route 66 from Ludlow to Kelbaker Road is now open.  Kelbaker Road to 140 at Mountain Spring Road remains closed.

Follow the San Bernardino County Road Department's repair work on Route 66

Amboy Crater is OPEN and may be accessed from the south by taking Amboy Road to Route 66 and from the north by taking Kelbaker Road to Route 66.  Historic Route 66 is open between Kelbaker and Amboy Crater.