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Kelso Dunes

San Bernardino, California USA

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“conquer the dunes”

Kelso Dunes, also known as the Kelso Dune Field, is the largest field of eolian sand deposits in the Mojave Desert. The region is protected by the Mojave National Preserve and is located near the town of Baker, San Bernardino County, California, and the Preserve Visitor Center. The dune field covers 45 square miles and includes migrating dunes, vegetation-stabilized dunes, sand sheets, and sand ramps. The tallest dunes rise up to 650 feet above the surrounding terrain. Kelso Dunes are closed to off-road vehicles, but are open to hikers. The trailhead is at the end of a three mile (5 km) graded dirt road splitting from Kelbaker Road. This road can be accessed from both Interstate 15 (at Baker) and Interstate 40 (east of Barstow). The dunes themselves lie just southwest of the Kelso ghost town and the Park's Visitor Center located in the historic Kelso Depot, Restaurant and Employees Hotel.

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Britta Ward

  • 8 Reviews
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January 26, 2018
Rated 5.0

Seriously one of the hardest and coolest hikes I have ever done.

Sliding down sand was never on my bucket list but it should be on everyone's.

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Kelso Dunes

San Bernardino, California

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