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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA
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+1 760-252-6108

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Educational place. Nice exhibition about history. Our kids did Junior Ranger badge here. Very friendly staff.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 January 2017
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The reserve is a nice drive through the high desert, but this stop sort of explains how a town could exist out here in the desert. It was a watering and refueling (?) station, but provided extra locomotives to make the climb out. The station is sort of frozen in time, and worth a stop. The exhibits are modest, but... More 

Thank tak309
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Educational place. Nice exhibition about history. Our kids did Junior Ranger badge here. Very friendly staff.

Thank pupicek77
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

What a great job they did restoring this train station. The museum inside the station is greta, lots of artifacts to check out. Loved the history of the town. A must stop/visit if you find yourself in the area.

Thank CNDTravel
Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Kelso Depot is off the beaten path.... way off the beaten path. When you're sure you're in the middle of nowhere, look around because your close to the depot. It has a small, but interesting gift shop/visitors center as well as a small museum. The diner is closed because they can't find someone that wants to operate it. If you... More 

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

A very interesting museum - with artefacts displayed well. Ensure you provide yourself with drinks and food for your trip as nothing is available at the depot

Thank Jennifer W
Grass Valley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The old railroad depot has been restored to better than new condition with an excellent museum inside along with an ample parking lot for cars, buses and RVs. Nice landscaping with tables and BBQs make it great to visit for a few minutes to a few hours. The federal employee is very knowledgable on the depot's history as well as... More 

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Victorville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Kelso Depot may seem out of the way for many but the extra miles into the Mojave National Preserve will be prove to be a route with wonderful look at the desert. Untouched by the flood of people which many National Parks have experience, the Mojave National Preserve is filled with beautiful Joshua Trees and scenic mountains. I took the... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Kelso Depot is a restored train station dating back to 1924. It is a large mission revival style building housing many displays, maps, memorabilia, and mock-ups of life at the time it was built. They have a movie that plays every 20 minutes or so that tells about the Mohave National Preserve and it's various points of interest. There are... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We decided to cross the Mojave desert and see Kelso Depot. It was very interesting to see the role this area had played during WWII. It was also interesting to see what was remaining of the tracks of those times. It still was busy with trains.

Thank Willem S
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Very interesting it's a bit of the beaten track but we'll worth a visit. Whilst you are there visit the Kelso Dunes 700 ft high sand dunes. It is an untarmacked road but ok to drive down.

Thank Woodsie0946

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