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Loved the desolation

We drove through the desert as part of a road trip from Las Vegas to Palm Springs... loved it! Great landscape, interested places like Kelso. US at its best.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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394 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove through the desert as part of a road trip from Las Vegas to Palm Springs... loved it! Great landscape, interested places like Kelso. US at its best.

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Scotia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Had a meeting in Desert Springs, CA. Chose to fly nonstop to Las Vegas and drive down to avoid multiple flights each way. A decision I will never regret and a trip I will always remember. Map it out and plan to take advantage of the museum and rest rooms in Cima, stop on old Rt. 66 and check out... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We entered in Barstow, went to the Kelso area and then drove another 30 minutes or so before exiting the park (cannot remember the name of the loop). We were here in October, so the heat was not very intense (it was in the low 90's), but it definitely was hot. It is pretty isolated which allows you just to... More 

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Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

The Mojave National Preserve is huge. We have driven through a portion of it. The Kelso Depot is, as the brochure says, a quiet anomaly in the middle of the desert. Slated to be torn down by the railroad after it fell into disuse, local residents successfully saved it and eventually restored the building. Passing it to the National Park... More 

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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Mojave National Preserve is a large park in Southern California. It is administered by the National Park Service. I took I -40 east from Barstow and exited at Kelbaker Road to head north to the visitor center at Kelso, CA. The first part of the trip was climbing up to the pass on the east side of the Granite Mountains.... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Located just South of Baker, CA in the Kelso-Baker area, the Mojave National Preserve is a combination wildlife refuge and railroad depot and spur. Home to the Mojave Tortoise and other species of insects and wildlife, the Preserve greets you at the Kelso Depot where there is a small museum, admission and park use is FREE and there are campgrounds... More 

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Redondo Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Came here after being in Barstow for a night; the geography is cool. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and plenty of water if you're going to drive through here as it is very isolated! A cool drive!

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Troy, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful preserve. Take water when visiting. Lot's of trails to explore. Restrooms available and clean. Had a great time visiting from MO

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

On our way from Las Vegas to Palm Springs we took the short cut via Cima, Kelso and Amboy. We were surprised how green it was considering that it supposed to be a desert. However we soon saw that there were flooding and learned later at the Kelso depot about a storm the night before. The landscape is great and... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Add a star if you want total solitude in the summer. A nice half-day excursion but not enough stopping places, no wow picture taking opportunities, and way too hot in the summer for hiking or even walking around. We enjoyed much more our visit to Death Valley NP on the same trip.

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