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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA
Phone Number: 7602526108
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Watch the video about the Mojave National Preserve, which the staff will start whenever someone asks. It provides a wealth of information about the Preserve and will help you know... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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New Hampshire
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95 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Watch the video about the Mojave National Preserve, which the staff will start whenever someone asks. It provides a wealth of information about the Preserve and will help you know what to look for and what you are seeing.

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Thank zippo46
Phoenix, Arizona
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179 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is really nice. Totally restored and full of information. I only wish the lunch counter was open.

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Thank Pete Z
Brisbane, Australia
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201 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restored railroad depot is a must see museum and visitor center, so completely unexpected. We spent an hour here, watching the movie, as well as wandering the rooms of the restored depot. There are nature displays as well as the history of the depot and railway and the furnished rooms are excellent. Pity the historic cafe wasn't operating as... More 

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Thank Anthony S
bay area, ca
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42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Kelso Depot was a really cool place to stop and the drive through the Mojave coming from Vegas was first rate. Roads, at the time, were empty and vistas clear. Loved visiting the various rooms to see the old marketing materials and maps and learning the history of the depot. This is a great visitor center for the Mojave. The... More 

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Thank chipnchair
Murrieta, California
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121 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

On our last trip to Vegas, decided to take the back way in via 29 Palms, Amboy and came upon this visitors center/railway museum in Kelso Ca. This former station on the Union Pacific railroad sits adjacent to active tracks that are in use today. If you happen to be in this area stop by for a look at what... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Kelso Depot was built as a stop for trains traveling east from Los Angeles. Trains would stop here and allow passengers to step off, stretch their legs and have a meal. The depot retains much of the original charm of what it must have looked like in 1925. There is ample parking, restrooms, and a small museum of the Mojave,... More 

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Thank Explorer238
hampshire uk
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54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This station is full of interesting information not just the history of the station but the Mojave desert as well. The museum is free and we were lucky enough to be there as a train came through. A must stop and see

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We made time to stop here on our way from LA to Las Vegas. The building was such a surprise, with more history than expected. We also picked up some information on the Desert Tortoises which we found fascinating! The rangers inside were really friendly and were completing a jigsaw puzzle in between welcoming any visitors. There are still trains... More 

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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We drove up here "the hard way" of "the wrong way" of "the holey way" according to the ranger in the Depot. Best road from Las Vegas is exit 272 to cima. We came from the Nipton road and had to dodge lots of holes and cracks in the road. Well the Depot was worth while this trip. It looks... More 

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Thank Dutchkathy
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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118 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is an old train depot, but that is all we know. We drove here from Amboy and arrived around sunset, the building bathed in a golden glow. The architecture is beautiful and huge date palms out the front. Being late in the day, we felt a bit vulnerable and I think you would have to be careful of your... More 

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