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“Well worth the trip”
Review of Kelso Depot

Kelso Depot
Ranked #1,618 of 9,583 things to do in California
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Travelling from Vegas to LA, we took a "road less traveled: to visit this National Preserve. The drive through the Preserve was amazingly beautiful and the Depot was charmingly preserved. The museum inside was full of information, but the best part of the trip was eating at The Beanery's lunch counter. The owner was super friendly and the food was very good. Our teenage boys got milkshakes which they say are the best shakes they've ever had.

3  Thank Becca H
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"mojave desert"
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"restored train station"
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"the mojave national preserve"
in 7 reviews
"visitor center"
in 8 reviews
"gift shop"
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"telegraph room"
in 3 reviews
"sand dunes"
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"nice exhibition"
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"worthwhile stop"
in 2 reviews
"small museum"
in 4 reviews
"stretch your legs"
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"rock formations"
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"for sale"
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"joshua trees"
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Kelso Depot is an oasis in more that one way. Located in the middle of a vast amazing desert, it is a three-level museum that takes you back in time and history

1  Thank redmccomb
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Kelso Depot is worth the drive to visit a time gone by. This train station does an excellent job of preserving a by-gone era of travel. The Rangers are knowledgeable and happy to talk with visitors. The station itself is well kept and has a nice lunch counter that is still in operation....try the pies they are awesome! Visitors can walk around the grounds of the station and there is a nice little gift shop and ususally an artist's work on display for viewing. The restrooms are large and very nice both inside and out. The parking is addiquit even for vehicles towing a small camper.

**on a personal note I would like to thank the young man Craig that works at the lunch counter and the Rangers for lending us a hand when we experienced car trouble in the parking lot. They were all terrific!!**

1  Thank halemano
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

If you are headed to Vegas from Southern California, or vice versa, take the time to travel up through the Mojave National Preserve (versus a national park, since hunting in allowed) and stop at Kelso Station. Truly 'in the middle of nowhere" seems an odd place for a station, but it was the logical place for helper engines to climb the grade to Cima, it had water, and nearby mining helped make it a town of some 2,000 at it peak.

Now it is a visitor's center with a museum, gallery and bookstore - and the Beanery, where you can get a good salad, sandwich, and a real milk shake sitting at the old style counter. There are dunes nearby to climb (guided April-November) - and arrange to arrive in the late afternoon/evening as the sun sets for a great view of surroundings mountains and a freight train rumbles through.

Thank Donquixote218
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

A couple of my friends and I stayed in Los Angeles for a few days before driving out to Las Vegas and decided to make this a litle side-trip during the drive after stopping to look at the worlds biggest thermometer. The road going there was bumpy in some parts, but overall smooth. The depot was really nicely renovated and restored. There are 3 floors of exhibits including a model replica of the town on the bottom floor. There was a little gift shop with decently priced and unique gifts. We didn't eat at the cafe, but a few people were sitting there and it looked cute. The staff was very friendly and willing to answer any questions you had or give you more information about Kelso. Overall, I'm glad we stopped -- it was an unexpected highlight of our trip.

Thank Destin293
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