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Kelso Dunes

Mojave National Preserve, Essex, CA
+1 760-255-8801
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The Kelso Dunes are just off of KelBaker road not far from Kelso Depot. The dunes are interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lomita, California
Great work out, great views, great hike, a unique desert experience.

It has been a few years since I have done this hike. It is a lot more strenuous than it looks... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Provincetown, Massachusetts
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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%
  • Terrible0%
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Mojave National Preserve, Essex, CA
+1 760-255-8801
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank 707clayg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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
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
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
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
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.

Reviewed 4 April 2017

This was such a fun, unique thing to do! It's a good hike out to the dune and then up to the top - it will take about 2 hours or so round trip, but my husband and I (mid-50s, moderate fitness level) and our...More

Thank vagabond_dreams
Reviewed 28 March 2017

It was a warm sunny day and I left my car in flip flops and no sunscreen, after about 15 minutes, I started walking barefoot, after 30 minutes I passed a group of people sandboarding, and at about 45 minutes i hit the end of...More

1  Thank TryppAdams
Reviewed 5 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank wehaveapiperdoone
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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
8 February 2017|
Response from shelbyscott | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, But I have no idea. We only hiked top the top and back down.