Amboy, California

Amboy, California
Amboy sign, west side of town
Amboy sign, west side of town
Amboy, California is located in California
Amboy, California
Amboy, California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 34°33′25″N 115°44′42″W / 34°33′25″N 115°44′42″W / 34.55694; -115.74500UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area codes442/760
GNIS feature ID238579

Amboy is an unincorporated 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. Prior to 2015, the town's business district contained a post office, a historic restaurant-motel, and a Route 66 tourist shop.

The Salt Ponds of Amboy at sunset
Roy's Café & Motel


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 the famous 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.[1] A resident interviewed in a short 2014 documentary also gives the population as 4, all of whom are men.[2] Amboy is located in ZIP code 92304 and area codes 442 and 760.

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