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Kelso Depot

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

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Beautiful Old Train Depot

Our first stop at the Kelso Depot was just a restroom stop. While I waited for my wife I started to wander. This place was awesome. It was full of information about The Mohave... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Mike O
Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our first stop at the Kelso Depot was just a restroom stop. While I waited for my wife I started to wander. This place was awesome. It was full of information about The Mohave Desert Preserve. I met back up with my wife we wandered around for at least an hour. Now it is always a stop when we take... More 

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Banning, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the side trip, came in from Amboy. Free to see, great bathrooms, elevator available for those not liking stairs. Theater there about the desert. Nice exhibition of various history points of the area. Expect to spend about 1 hour plus. Yes worth a stop, not to far from the I15

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a little oasis during the trip through the Mojave desert. You can see some old relics like the old post office and the old prison cells. The depot itself houses an exhibition about the area and a merchandise shop. You can't get beverages or food. Therefore be well equipped before entering the area.

Thank Sancho5a
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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New Zealand
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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.

Thank zippo46

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