My friend Jenna and I went on a road trip to Sedona, and mapped out some interesting places to stop along the way. I had been to Amboy Ghost town before, but Amboy Crater was on my list of must-sees. If you visit Roy's Ghost town of Amboy, this is a just a few miles down the road. Amboy Crater is a 6,000-year-old cinder cone volcano that rises above a lava field. This cinder cone is estimated to be 79,000 years old. When you get here there’s a road that leads to a parking lot where you can walk a path to view the crater and all the dark black lava formations surrounding it. I loved seeing all bright yellow and green plants spring up from the black lava forms. New life sprouted from the darkness.
You can also hike to the rim using the western cone trail. We didn’t have the time to do it, but I’d like to go back sometime to peer inside the massive, bowl-shaped cavity in the ground.
Amboy is out of the way on most trips thanks to new highways built that bypass it. We went about an hour out of our way to see this natural phenomenon which was worth the detour.
La Copine is a chic restaurant out in the middle of the high desert near Joshua Tree National Park. It’s a one-of-a-kind gem in a city with few culinary options.
Landers Brew Co. is a historic roadhouse bar built in 1948. It’s a local watering hole with the some great craft beers on tap.
49 Palms Oasis is a nice moderate short hike to a secluded palm oasis (you guessed it). The palm trees are clustered near an out of place spring of water in the middle of the arid desert.
This is the perfect blend of activities to get a taste of the desert vibe. A little relaxation, some hiking, great food and sight-seeing.
Goat Mountain in Landers is a lesser known trail that climbs about 1,000 feet to a beautiful view of the Mojave Desert. Grids of land to the south, and absolute nothingness to the north. What an amazing trail!
Introducing the Landers Project, a beautiful new home we'll be building on a 5 acre property in Landers, CA. Landers in home to the Integratron, Landers Brew Co., Gubler Orchid Farms and Giant Rock. It's a short 20min to Joshua Tree National Park Entrance.
Landers is a city not many people have heard of, but it’s Joshua Tree’s neighbor of the north. Here are 5 fun things to do in this little town that’s only a 20min drive from Joshua Tree National Park entrance.
Key's View is the best drive-up vista in Joshua Tree National Park. From the top you can see the Coachella Valley and the San Andreas Fault.
Just two hours from Los Angeles, there is little desert town near Joshua Tree that looks frozen in the 19th century. Pioneertown, a western movie set, was founded in 1946 by a group of Hollywood investors, including actors Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.
This is quite literally a giant rock in the desert. According to most sources it's the largest freestanding boulder in the world at about 7 stories high.