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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA

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Worth visiting if you're driving through the Mojave

I had always wanted to visit the train station in Kelso after seeing pictures of this iconic building. The National park service took over the train station some time ago and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
BartnLaurie
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New Milford, Connecticut, United States
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New Milford, Connecticut, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I had always wanted to visit the train station in Kelso after seeing pictures of this iconic building. The National park service took over the train station some time ago and the whole building is now a free museum for things pertaining to the Mojave and its history. If you do come this way I would avoid coming trough the... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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26 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Kelso Depot was a stopping point for the Union Pacific line in the past century. It has been excellently restored with exhibits to describe the history of this station and also the development of railroads generally in the west and even the old pre-rail transportation, e.g., Spanish Trail across the Mohave.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I stumbled upon this place while I was driving from Las Vegas to Twentynine Palms. The depot is beautiful with friendly National Park Rangers and clean bathrooms. There's also a museum inside and a small gift shop. The surrounding desert is amazing! It's located within the Mojave National Preserve. The surrounding desert is beautiful and I was lucky to be... More 

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Kingman, Arizona
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67 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A nice side trip if you have time. I visited here many years ago before they opened as a working Visitor's Center, it was nice to see the changes and improvements. If you are into trains or history it's worth the stop. Kelso Dunes are nearby ;-) to stretch your muscles on. Directions: From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker,... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Enjoyed the restored Kelso Depot Station. Nice little museum and an interesting interactive display if one was interested and had the time. I enjoyed info on the historical Indian and Social aspects presented. If would have been nice if the lovely old lunch stand actually served a lunch all though do to light traffic during the winter it is understandable... More 

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Even before this became the Mojave Desert Tourist Center and Museum, it was a great place to stop. Now that it offers a plethora of info it is even a more significant stop. The old depot is impressive just to look at. It is imposing as you approach and its old Spanish style is efficacious. The interior has been remodeled... More 

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Las Vegas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We took a detour from our normal Vegas to LA weekend trip to see this attraction. While it was cool, it wasn't as billed. Everything we read suggested there would be a lunch counter. So, we drove 30 miles off the highway to have lunch here (we had a little time to kill). No lunch. The closest thing to lunch... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The restored train station is now a visitor's center for Mojave National Preserve and museum. There are 3 floors of history here covering Western railroads, the Mojave Desert, and mining. We got a talk from the park service docent, ate our box lunches that we brought with us at the picnic tables on the grounds, and spent about an hour... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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11 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The restoration is very well done, and there is now a full time docent ranger. This is an informative and fun stop for anyone interested in western rail history, Art Deco architecture, WWII, the Mojave desert or mining. It is also a great respite from the midday desert heat! Highly recommended! Sadly, the lunch counter is closed and not likely... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My late husband and I took our two daughters here for an afternoon picnic on the lawn under the trees in front of the depot in the early 1970s. I am looking forward to visiting here again and seeing the improvements that they have made. They used to sell the biggest cookies that I had ever seen.

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