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Famous Route 66 Ghost Town

Amboy is a famous ghost town community in San Bernardino County, in California's Mojave Desert, west of Needles and east of Ludlow on historic Route 66. It is roughly 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Twentynine Palms. The town's business district contains a post office, a historic restaurant-motel, and a Route 66 tourist shop. This is an amazing location for different type of photography and film. The town is south of the Granite Mountains, Providence Mountains, and the Mojave National Preserve. Adjacent to the south is the landmark Amboy Crater, and beyond to the southeast the Bullion Mountains. To the south is Bristol Dry Lake and the community of Cadiz, California. Amboy was once a major stop along the famous Route 66 but has seen much lower visitation since the opening of Interstate 40 to the north in 1973. Amboy is home to Roy's Motel and Café, a Route 66 landmark. The town has a total of 10 surviving buildings and a population of far fewer than the advertised 20. According to the Los Angeles Times, the town's population is approximately 4. Two extinct volcanoes are located to the west of Amboy. Amboy Crater is a 6,000-year-old cinder cone volcano, made largely of pahoehoe lava. Pisgah Crater, another cinder cone volcano, is located near Interstate 40. Because of quarry operations, Pisgah Crater is not as well preserved as Amboy Crater.

Category and style

Church/Temple, Concert/Entertainment Venue, Hotel/Motel, Restaurant/Cafe, Retail/Small Business

Americana/Anywhere America, Dated/Retro, Desert, Rustic


Private parking for 1000 cars

Truck / motorhome on site parking: On property

Available parking lot or parking structure nearby

Location details

Property size (sq ft):
3049200 sq ft


Air Conditioning
Hair/Makeup area


Dining Hall/Cafeteria
Fire Escape
Front Desk
Desert Garden
Dirt Yard/No Grass
Large Yard
Booth Seating
Patio/Outdoor Seating
Food Truck/Stand
Gas Station
Grocery/Market/Convenience Store
Fire Escape
Rooftop View
Valley View

Restricted Areas

Living quarters
Inside the Elementary School
Cafe Office

Crew access

Street Level
Exact location provided after booking