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What a gorgeous workout!

We have been to other dunes in the US, but this one was just fun to hike and challenge yourself... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rebecca D
Las Vegas, United States
Well worth the stop over

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

Reviewed August 25, 2018
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One of the areas in California where one can view the unique aspects of sand dunes.
Mojave National Preserve, Essex, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to other dunes in the US, but this one was just fun to hike and challenge yourself. It starts out innocently enough, but you'd be surprised what a workout hiking in the sand can be. It becomes more challenging as the path...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rebecca D
Reviewed August 25, 2018

The Kelso Dunes is a beautiful little destination that we came across on our travels and unexpectedly, it was definitely worth taking a break here to stretch the feet and enjoy the views.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Ken09
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

The Kelso Dunes directions on the website is accurate and easy to find. There is a nice bathroom (large fancy port a potty - but permanent) at the beginning of the trailhead. It takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the edge of the dunes....More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jim W
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

if you have the right light the dunes appear very bright compared to the rest of the landscapee. a very impressive sight

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Christoph R
Reviewed April 18, 2018

After reading about this on TripAdvisor, we decided to make this a stopping point on the way through the Mojave National preserve. The sun was out and we could not have had a more beautiful day. Fortunately, we took the advice we read seriously and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank rgilpin99
Reviewed April 17, 2018

We stopped at Kelso Dunes while taking a scenic driving tour through Mojave National Preserve. The 600' dunes are visible from Kelbaker Road (paved two-lane highway) but to get closer, one must turn off onto unpaved Kelso Dunes Road (about 7.8 miles south of Kelso)....More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank CrankingChick
Reviewed April 7, 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!...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank jlava88
Reviewed January 27, 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...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank 707clayg
Reviewed January 18, 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...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank CATTSAR
Reviewed December 5, 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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Tonmilv
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Kelly V
April 17, 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
February 7, 2017|
Response from shelbyscott | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, But I have no idea. We only hiked top the top and back down.