Kelso Dunes, Essex

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Kelso Dunes, also known as the Kelso Dune Field, is the largest field of aeolian 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 (120 km2) and includes migrating dunes, vegetation-stabilized dunes, sand sheets, and sand ramps. The tallest dunes rise up to 650 feet (200 m) above the surrounding terrain.
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  • I would say this is a good place to visit if in this section of the Mojave Reserve but not really worth driving here just for the dunes. I came to the reserve to hike a mountain peak nearby but...  more »
  • We visited Kelso Dunes briefly during our short visit to Mojave National Preserve. The dunes are only a few miles from the visitor center. The road is somewhat rough with frequent potholes. The dunes....  more »
  • After the failed visit to the Mitchell Caverns I went to the Kelso dunes, the visit is fine, I walked about 30 minutes on the sand (hard) with some vegetation. Good visit although it is very far from....  more »
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  • Long way to the top but it is worth it! I would recommend getting up early morning when the sun is not high and temperature is bearable. We went at noon and it was quite hot. This was in May. Make sure you have a plenty of water.
  • Very cool. Worth seeing. Not far off main Highway (40) gigantic mountains of pristine sand. I was there in late winter and it snowed lightly which was very neat. Great day trip
  • Love the sand dunes. A must try, have plenty of water and good clothing.
  • Good hike!
  • A great hike up but very difficult. The hike from the parking area to the top of the dunes is about an hour hike depending on your physical abilities. The hike is all same and very uneven and soft. You will be tired if you hike to the base of the massive sand dunes and possibly exhausted if you hike to the top. However, the views from the top of Kelso Dunes are some of the best views I have ever experienced in my life. If you can hike to the top to watch the sunset the views, experience and colors of the desert are breathtaking. I would highly recommend hiking in the late afternoon or at dusk to avoid the extreme heat of the Mojave Desert.

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