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Kelso Depot

Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA 92309
+1 760-252-6108
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Desert Oasis Great for Railfans

The Kelso Depot serves as a welcome center for the Mojave National Preserve. It is usually staffed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
eightwednesday
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Morgantown, West Virginia
Depot Serves as Visitor's Center for Mojave Desert Preserve

We stopped at historic Kelso Depot (1924) while doing a scenic driving tour through the Mojave... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2018
CrankingChick
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Tucson, Arizona
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Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA 92309
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Kelso Depot serves as a welcome center for the Mojave National Preserve. It is usually staffed by rangers, has a gift shop, historical exhibits, art, and bathrooms both inside the depot and accessible 24/7 in an out building in the parking lot. The depot...More

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

We stopped at historic Kelso Depot (1924) while doing a scenic driving tour through the Mojave Desert Preserve. Unfortunately, it's only open Thursday-Monday from 10:00-5:00, so we had to be content with looking at the outdoor exhibits. Educational signs relate the history of the railroad...More

1  Thank CrankingChick
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Very interesting place. Depot is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday but still fun to walk around. Great picnic areas and restrooms. Make sure you check out the nearby sand dunes and rock formations.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Welcome respite while driving the long, empty desert highway through Mojave National Preserve, this quaint, nicely restored train depot is home to a lovely visitor center, art gallery, and bookstore. Sadly, if you are unlucky enough to stop by on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you...More

1  Thank DesertFlower42
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

An interesting history but well out of the way. We had a quick stop here on our coach tour on route from Las Vegas to Long Beach. What you see in the photos is all that is there. They do not sell coffee anly bottled...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Nicely restored station, we arrived to early to go inside (opens at 10.00). It is a long way from anything else, would be more worthwhile if there was more there. There is lots of space for them to add a engine or two with some...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

The building is great looking and the history behind it and the area is a great read. Well preserved location and nice museum of info to check out. A bit hot there in July 😉

Thank Cg P
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Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

If you are passing through the Mojave, worth stopping here to see the history about the railroad and look at the visitor information. All well presented. Plus clean toilets!

1  Thank Wombling_Free_7548
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

We traveled by this old Train Depot for many many years when we had to bypass the i-15 because of traffic and were glad to stop in after 12 years, it's been converted into a visitors center / rest stop and well worth the visit....More

2  Thank UtahDaytripper
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

This old railroad depot has been converted into a visitor center for the Mojave National Preserve. They did a great job, its a neat building. If you're in the area, make sure to stop and explore.

2  Thank Gomez22
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I saw a viedo of it which was filmed back in 2013..I saw working electric light in its windows. Have you been there since you wrote this question ? :)
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