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Kelso Depot

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Unique stop and visitor infomation for the Mojave Preserve

Very unique historic train station in the middle of the desert. Bountiful architecture and nicely... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2018
Orange County
Desert Oasis Great for Railfans

The Kelso Depot serves as a welcome center for the Mojave National Preserve. It is usually staffed... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2018
Morgantown, West Virginia
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Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA 92309
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just decided to see what this was. Interesting history and good information center. We got our National Parks Passport stamped and bought a few things. Clean bathroom. Dogs allowed on grounds but not in visitor center.

Thank createandcapturelife
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Very unique historic train station in the middle of the desert. Bountiful architecture and nicely restored. There is a museum and gift shop. A 15 minute intro introductory film of the Mojave Preserve is a good start. The park rangers are very knowledgeable about other...More

1  Thank lovetotravel92630
Reviewed 29 June 2018

The Kelso Depot serves as a welcome center for the Mojave National Preserve. It is usually staffed by rangers, has a gift shop, historical exhibits, art, and bathrooms both inside the depot and accessible 24/7 in an out building in the parking lot. The depot...More

1  Thank eightwednesday
Reviewed 18 April 2018

We stopped at historic Kelso Depot (1924) while doing a scenic driving tour through the Mojave Desert Preserve. Unfortunately, it's only open Thursday-Monday from 10:00-5:00, so we had to be content with looking at the outdoor exhibits. Educational signs relate the history of the railroad...More

2  Thank CrankingChick
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Very interesting place. Depot is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday but still fun to walk around. Great picnic areas and restrooms. Make sure you check out the nearby sand dunes and rock formations.

Thank Chuck V
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Welcome respite while driving the long, empty desert highway through Mojave National Preserve, this quaint, nicely restored train depot is home to a lovely visitor center, art gallery, and bookstore. Sadly, if you are unlucky enough to stop by on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you...More

1  Thank DesertFlower42
Reviewed 26 October 2017

An interesting history but well out of the way. We had a quick stop here on our coach tour on route from Las Vegas to Long Beach. What you see in the photos is all that is there. They do not sell coffee anly bottled...More

1  Thank John B
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Nicely restored station, we arrived to early to go inside (opens at 10.00). It is a long way from anything else, would be more worthwhile if there was more there. There is lots of space for them to add a engine or two with some...More

1  Thank queenb71
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

The building is great looking and the history behind it and the area is a great read. Well preserved location and nice museum of info to check out. A bit hot there in July 😉

Thank Cg P
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

If you are passing through the Mojave, worth stopping here to see the history about the railroad and look at the visitor information. All well presented. Plus clean toilets!

1  Thank Wombling_Free_7548
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19 July 2015|
Response from Géza I |
I saw a viedo of it which was filmed back in 2013..I saw working electric light in its windows. Have you been there since you wrote this question ? :)
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