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Kelso Depot

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Address: Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA
Phone Number: 7602526108
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beautiful landscape

We drove past and made a stop. It's a great place with a lot of history, well taken care of. Make sure to see the old prison on the porch!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2016
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Dong Hoi, Vietnam

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Dong Hoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We drove past and made a stop. It's a great place with a lot of history, well taken care of. Make sure to see the old prison on the porch!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

A welcome break on the way from Palm Springs to LV. The Junior Ranger program kept my kids busy, it's such a great scheme. It'd be good to have more refreshments available and they are far and few between in these parts.

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Joshua Tree, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

The Kelso Depot is open 10-5 Thursday through Monday but closed Tuesday and Wednesdays. This is well worth stopping at for more than just a "pit" stop. The visitor center is in a historic building and encompasses three floors of displays. A small art gallery was on the first floor when we were there, the second floor has history and... More 

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Columbus Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

If your traveling in Mohave this will be your 2nd of 4 stops in Mohave. The depot is historic, it also is a museum and ranger station. Bathrooms of course on the spot.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

If you go to Mojave National Preserve make sure to stop here. It's not open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but there is a spigot for water and bathrooms. You will see an old jail and learn about the history of the area. Nice picnic tables and nice grounds. Great place to stop for lunch while enjoying the Preserve.

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Smithfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

Great place to stop as you race across the desert. It was in excellent condition, interesting and it had bathrooms!!! Glad I stopped

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New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

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

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

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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bay area, ca
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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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