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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Essex, CA
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One of the areas in California where one can view the unique aspects of...

One of the areas in California where one can view the unique aspects of sand dunes.

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Late winter is the best time to experience this place

It's a fun drive from anywhere in the Morongo Basin and, at times, a breathtaking one. There is a ~2 mile drive on a dirt road to get to the parking lot and it is not even in some... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a fun drive from anywhere in the Morongo Basin and, at times, a breathtaking one. There is a ~2 mile drive on a dirt road to get to the parking lot and it is not even in some spots, but my Toyota does just fine on it going slowly and avoiding uneven spots. There is a chemical toilet at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

No matter what you think you know about the kelso dunes, prepare to be wowed. No pictures will do this justice and no review can quite explain it. I've heard it's a 1.5 mile hike from your car to the top of the dunes. Somehow this doesn't feel accurate. But the intensity of the desert heat and the nature of... More 

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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Avoid a trip here it is a very hot day . You need to be able to walk around to appreciate the area. Ensure you come with a good supply of water if you intend to hike

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Kelso Dunes is located within the Mojave Desert National Preserve. It is a 3 mile drive off the main highway onto a very well maintained gravel road. The dunes are an interesting site located within the desert.

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shelby
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This was so much fun then I have read about on the web. And the say this is the Devil's Playground? I don't think so.

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Redondo Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

These massive sand dunes are part of the Mojave National Preserve Park. Too hot to walk them today (95) but will come in Fall or Winter. 1.5 miles to the top will not be an easy hike in the sand, but most likely worth it!

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Finally our son got to see sand dunes. This was what he missed while we were crossing the Mojave desert. A desert has to have sand dunes! You need to leave the main road and drive about 2 miles to the trailhead. It was very hot and therefore we only walked the trail a couple of minutes until the sand... More 

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Cranbrook, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

This is a real neat stop for the family. We took our 7 and 9 year old here on our way through the Majove Desert. Beautiful hike to the top of the dunes. It took us about 45 minutes. Be sure to leave yourself at least 30 minutes to sit at the top and enjoy the view. We sat on... More 

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Monrovia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

We've been to Kelso Dunes before but not after dark. The largest and highest dune system in the US, built over the eons by dry lake bed sand blowing up against the 5K high mountains within Mojave National Preserve. If solitude and nature satisfy your soul. Consider a hike here after the full moon. We could easily follow the trail.... More 

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Columbus Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

You can access these dunes off the Kelbaker Rd south of Kelso, north of I-40. The parking lot is pretty close to the dunes. I expect the walk to be 2 miles. They had a porta-potty when I went. Can't say its always there. No water, so bring it.

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