Kelso Dunes

Kelso, California

Kelso Dunes Professional Review and Guide

"The Kelso Dunes are the third highest sand dunes in the United States, and are the highlight of many visits to Mojave National Preserve. Winds pick up the fine sands from the Mojave River Sink and carry them across the Devil’s Playground. Eddies formed by the Granite and Providence Mountains cause the winds to drop their loads, creating the ever-shifting Kelso Dunes. Although this trip to the top of the highest dune is relatively short, the climb up loose sand can be exhausting. It is easy for groups to split up before the final climb because the route is in view all the way and because there are plenty of smaller hills to enjoy along the way."

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Trail Information

Kelso
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
October-April
Season
Mojave National Preserve
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Jun 2018