What? : The impressive Ubehebe Crater is over 600 feet deep and half a mile wide. The crater was formed about 2,100 years ago in one short eruption when hot magma interacted with groundwater. The main crater can be viewed from a parking lot, but I do recommend investing the time in your visit here, hike and explore the upper smaller craters and enjoy this “moon” like landscape. A visit here, not include the long drive, should take you around 1 hour.
Where? : this is around 1 hour drive from Furnace Creek. Take the 190 north for 17 miles to the intersection with Scotty’s Castle Road. Turn right and continue north for additional 33.4 miles on Scotty’s Castle Road. Turn left on Racetrack Road (the road to Scotty’s Castle was blocked when I visit here in March 2022). From the close Scotty’s Castle junction, drive 5.5 miles and follow the signs to the crater parking lot.
When? : The recommended time to visit here is late fall, winter and early spring, summer is just too hot.
This will help you plan your road trip to this area and your Death Valley visit:
- Death Valley
- Death Valley Road Trip
- The Road from Mojave to Lone Pine
- My Eastern Sierra blog directory
- Lone Pine to Death Valley - hwy 190
- Mojave Desert – Highway 127 from Death Valley to Baker
- Beatty Nevada and Rhyolite Ghost Town
- Death Valley – Titus Canyon Drive
- Death Valley – Ibex Dunes and Saratoga Springs
- Death Valley – Striped Butte Valley 4x4 Drive
- Death Valley – Sidewinder Canyon
- Death Valley – Badwater
- Death Valley – Artist's Palette Drive
- Death Valley – Hiking Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch
- Death Valley – Zabriskie Point
- Death Valley – Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
- Death Valley – Racetrack Playa
- Death Valley – Saline Valley, Salt Lake
- Death Valley – Saline Valley, Warm Springs