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Kelso Dunes

Mojave National Preserve, Essex, CA
+1 760-255-8801
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Great place

Great and nice place outside of main routes. When driving I-40 to Los Angeles or Needles turn to... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Joensuu, Finland
Unique view in a very rural area

I came here for a quick look on the way to Vegas and overall I thought the Dunes were impressive... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2017
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One of the areas in California where one can view the unique aspects of sand dunes.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Mojave National Preserve, Essex, CA
+1 760-255-8801
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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.

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
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...More

3  Thank Sara L
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

Thank Jennifer W
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.

Thank Sandy B
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.

Thank shelbyscott
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!

Thank sherry19112016
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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.