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News.bytes Extra, issue 440

Ribbon cut for reopening of Amboy Crater public access road

(Below, from left) Rusty Lee, BLM Needles Field Office Manager; Albert Okura, Mayor of Amboy; Teri Raml, BLM California Desert District Manager; and Jim Conkle, Route 66 Alliance chairman, prepare to cut the ribbon to officially re-open the public access road to Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark. (information continues below)

Smiling group cuts a ribbon; a large flat-topped hill is in the background

The ceremony marked the completion of a project funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  BLM-California received $40 million to fund 115 projects under the Act which are intended to restore landscapes and habitat, spur renewable energy development on public lands, and create jobs.

“This completed ARRA project provides the public with a smooth all-season paved road and replaces the former largely un-maintained gravel road,” stated Raymond “Rusty” Lee, BLM Needles Field Office Manager.

Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973, Amboy Crater is recognized for its visual and geological significance. Amboy Crater is an excellent example of a very symmetrical volcanic cinder cone. There is a breach on the west side of the crater where basaltic lava poured out over a vast area of 24 square miles, which contains lava lakes, collapsed lava tubes and sinks, spatter cones and massive flows of basalt.  Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark lies about halfway between Barstow and Needles (about 66 miles from each) off Historic Route 66 National Trails Highway.

A view of the old crater from the roadway passing by
A metal plaque on a concrete post marks the location of Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark

- Steve Razo, BLM California Desert District

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 440

Last updated: 07-14-2010