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Kelso Dunes

Mojave National Preserve, Essex, CA
+1 760-255-8801
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Incredibly Beautiful and Challenging

After reading about this on TripAdvisor, we decided to make this a stopping point on the way... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2018
rgilpin99
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Wilmington, Delaware
Sand Dunes in the Middle of the Desert

We stopped at Kelso Dunes while taking a scenic driving tour through Mojave National Preserve. The... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2018
CrankingChick
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Tucson, Arizona
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One of the areas in California where one can view the unique aspects of sand dunes.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Mojave National Preserve, Essex, CA
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"mojave national preserve"
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"mojave desert"
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"hiking boots"
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"coming down"
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"flip flops"
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"great hike"
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"mile drive"
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"desert experience"
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"went straight"
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"down hill"
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"train depot"
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

After reading about this on TripAdvisor, we decided to make this a stopping point on the way through the Mojave National preserve. The sun was out and we could not have had a more beautiful day. Fortunately, we took the advice we read seriously and...More

1  Thank rgilpin99
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

We stopped at Kelso Dunes while taking a scenic driving tour through Mojave National Preserve. The 600' dunes are visible from Kelbaker Road (paved two-lane highway) but to get closer, one must turn off onto unpaved Kelso Dunes Road (about 7.8 miles south of Kelso)....More

1  Thank CrankingChick
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

I have never climbed or hiked in sand dunes before, so this was a very unique experience for my husband and I. We arrived around 3pm and stayed until the sun went down around 6:15. The setting sun hitting the sand dunes is photographically stunning!...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

The Kelso Dunes are just off of KelBaker road not far from Kelso Depot. The dunes are interesting to see and walk on but drive to the Depot Visitor Center to get more information and see a fantastic old train depot museum/visitor center. This is...More

2  Thank 707clayg
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

It has been a few years since I have done this hike. It is a lot more strenuous than it looks. Think of it this way, walking up and down hill on a loose sandy beach for a mile or so then climbing up that...More

1  Thank CATTSAR
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

I made it all the way to the top. It took me around 1 hour and 45 minutes, its so hard to walk in sand. but it worth the walk. once you get to the top you will see a beautiful view and its a...More

Thank Tonmilv
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Worth it to stop there and check out the dunes when in the Mojave Preserve. Pretty cool spot and worth a photo op. Similar to the Dunes in Death Valley.

Thank coachee1313
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

This is a large sand dune field in the Mojave Desert. It is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip if you are a nature buff.

1  Thank Ric L
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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Great and nice place outside of main routes. When driving I-40 to Los Angeles or Needles turn to Kelso and the dunes are before town. Very unique place.

1  Thank mmikko
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

I came here for a quick look on the way to Vegas and overall I thought the Dunes were impressive but not stunning. Just to note there is no fuel station anywhere near the dunes so be careful.

Thank JXXXR
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Kelly V
18 April 2017|
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Response from wehaveapiperdoone | Reviewed this property |
You need to plan for at LEAST two hours if you're travelling with kids, who may need extra time climbing, especially in the heat. There is only 1 bathroom at the start of the trailhead, so little ones with small bladders may... More
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8 February 2017|
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Response from shelbyscott | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, But I have no idea. We only hiked top the top and back down.
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