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Ubehebe Crater

Address: Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: 760-786-2331
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Ubehebe and its little brother (a smaller crater) winningly tempt hikers down their steep and...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Ubehebe and its little brother (a smaller crater) winningly tempt hikers down their steep and colorful slopes.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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366 reviews 366 reviews
120 attraction reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We had no idea that this kind of crater existed - an explosion crater caused by a large amount of ground water hitting deep magma and then exploding from the resulting high-pressure steam. It's 1/2 mile across and 500 feet deep. There is a mile and a half walk around the rim in which care needs to be taken is... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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75 reviews 75 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Head on down to the bottom and walk around the rim. It's just another interesting and unusual feature of Death Valley. Experience it all.

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Ferndale, California, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This was a very enjoyable hike! Loved the colors in the crater! We didn't walk all the way around, since we found that the best color is from the parking lot side! However, we did hike up to the right to get a good view of Ubehebe and also Little Hebe. We hiked part way down the big crater. The... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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112 reviews 112 reviews
42 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

A beautiful illustration of a small bubble of magma that blew the top off a hill perhaps only a few thousand years ago -- you can see the black lava skirt around the deep crater, which some people walk down into. We hiked the perimeter of black ash and pumice, beautiful views all around.

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Hamilton, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Easy access via road, and a great view down into a relatively young volcanic crater make this worth the drive. There are many young eruptive features in Death Valley, but this is among the best-preserved.

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Sacramento, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I was expecting the view to be much farther away. I'm not a fan of 'a big hole in the ground', but it was interesting to be so close and notice all the different colors it had to offer. It's definitely worth it to stop and take a look.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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212 reviews 212 reviews
73 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Standing on the rim of a crater 1/2 mile wide and 700' deep, with a constant 50mph wind blowing was fun! It's not one you're going to spend a lot of time at, but if the weather's kind, there's a hike of about 2 miles which is ok if you've got time - you won't be missing too much if... More 

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Cupertino
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15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The dark soil around the crater is cool. It is a long drive from Furnace Creek. Best combined with Scotty's castle, possibly do either racetrack or titus canyon drives.

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Wa. State
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18 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is a very interesting geological feature. It is worth the bit of effort it takes to get there. The rim hike is strenuous but worth the effort

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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Ubehebe is a bit off our most traveled track when visiting Death Valley. I get a little nervous when we travel in a small sporty rental car and my husband says let's check out a new place, especially when it's getting close to evening and sunset. However the roads to Ubehebe Crater were well maintained and easily traveled even in... More 

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