Visit Ubehebe Crater

A 600 foot multi-hued crater in the desert rock.
Sometimes pools of water remain after a rare desert rain.

NPS photo

Take trip to Ubehebe Crater to view an amazing geologic feature in Death Valley! Ubehebe Crater is a large volcanic crater 600 feet deep and half a mile across. This impressive crater was caused by a steam and gas explosion when hot magma rising up from the depths reached ground water. The intense heat flashed the water into steam which expanded until the pressure was released as a tremendous explosion.The western cluster of Maar volcanoes was the first to form, then the southern cluster, followed by Ubehebe—the largest of them all—possibly as recently as 300 years ago.
The drive to Ubehebe Crater will take 90 minutes, one way, from Furnace Creek. 
Pets are allowed along roadways, campgrounds, and other areas where vehicles are permitted, and must be on a leash (6 foot maximum).

Pets are prohibited along trails or in Wilderness areas, and may not be left unattended in vehicles or campsites.
Included with park entrance fee or acceptable pass. Please display passes in vehicle windshield.
Accessibility Information
The crater can be viewed from the sidewalk in the parking area. 

Last updated: December 20, 2020