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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA
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In the middle of no where....worth the visit (day trip from Las Vegas)

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands

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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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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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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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Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We enjoyed learning more about the history of the area, importance of the railroads, mining, homesteading, etc. Use of the old depot is nicely done. So glad enough folks rallied when the building was under consideration for demolition. I gave four stars due to the unusual interactions with the staff. Not the most friendly or forthcoming. Just left me feeling... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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

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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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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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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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)

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