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Well worth the stop over

The Kelso Dunes is a beautiful little destination that we came across on our travels and... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
Ken09
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London
Beautiful and fun, but hot during the day

The Kelso Dunes directions on the website is accurate and easy to find. There is a nice bathroom... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Jim W
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Tempe, Arizona
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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! Yes, it is strenuous climbing up sand that constantly shifts under your feet. It took about 1.5 hours to climb all the way up and about 40 minutes to come back down!

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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 20 miles off of highway 40 but worth the trip to see a bit of the National Preserve and some history.

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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 beach at a steep angle for nearly another half mile. As a personal challenge I went straight up the face of the middle dune. It is much easier to take the left trail up the spine of the dune. Once at the top the view is stunning and breathtaking you as can see for a hundred of miles. Coming down is much easier. Fill the gas tank and bring lots of supplies as there none close by. Stateline Primm from the north, Twenty Nine Palms from the south are your best bets. Remember, if you carry it in, carry it out, and descending yields to ascending.

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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 beautiful silent. I went in November so it was just me.

Thank Tonmilv
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Reviewed 18 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.

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