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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA

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I found this a great place to take in the peace and tranquillity of the desert. No there is not much to see, but i think thats what makes it a nice place to visit

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Well, if you are exploring Mojave State Preserve then you're going to have to pass through Kelso, so you might as well have a look around. The old railway station has some nicely preserved rooms, ticketing etc. a small art exhibition and there is good museum display. The shop has a wide product range and I picked-up some good books... More 

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Vail, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I only saw the outside of the depot and peeked in the windows since it wasn't open as early as we were there, but it was fun to photograph and I loved the look of the lunch counter!

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I found this a great place to take in the peace and tranquillity of the desert. No there is not much to see, but i think thats what makes it a nice place to visit

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Burlington, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This town is hardly a "ghost town," though it's billed as such. There are some remnants of history here, along with a friendly Park Service visitor center. But the pothole strewn road and the diversion here are not worth driving out of your way for. Stop by if it's not really out of your way.

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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

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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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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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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