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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Essex, CA
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+1 760-255-8801

One of the areas in California where one can view the unique aspects of...

One of the areas in California where one can view the unique aspects of sand dunes.

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A great, unique experience

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... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Calgary, Alberta
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Calgary, Alberta
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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 daughter did it without too much trouble. As you get closer to the dune, pick... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 592 helpful votes
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 my trip as the sun was quickly turning me into a tomato. Walking on the... More 

1 Thank TryppAdams
Miami, Florida
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114 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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 fine on it going slowly and avoiding uneven spots. There is a chemical toilet at... More 

1 Thank wehaveapiperdoone
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 this doesn't feel accurate. But the intensity of the desert heat and the nature of... More 

2 Thank Sara L
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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

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Tucson, Arizona
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54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
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
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51 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
Redondo Beach
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Finally our son got to see sand dunes. This was what he missed while we were crossing the Mojave desert. A desert has to have sand dunes! You need to leave the main road and drive about 2 miles to the trailhead. It was very hot and therefore we only walked the trail a couple of minutes until the sand... More 

Thank Sancho5a
Cranbrook, Canada
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

This is a real neat stop for the family. We took our 7 and 9 year old here on our way through the Majove Desert. Beautiful hike to the top of the dunes. It took us about 45 minutes. Be sure to leave yourself at least 30 minutes to sit at the top and enjoy the view. We sat on... More 

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