Kelso Dunes | Informal Campsite

United States

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Last Visited: 6 months ago
GPS: 34.88819, -115.71653
Altitude: 768.9 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Nice area to stay for a few days. The road in is approx. 4 miles long & alternates between deteriorating pavement & gravel but any vehicle can make it. This area is one mile past the trailhead with 2 vault toilets in this area & 2 more at the trailhead. Trailhead also has trash bins. No service on TMobile, the only place I got service was on top of the highest sand dune!

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Nice spots right at the base of the Dunes, pit toilets very clean. Fire pits across the space. Verizon service slow but good.

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Slow but workable (2 bars) Verizon LTE with booster.

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Beautiful spot to stay in and the climb up in the morning is stellar. currently the road in is somewhat washboarded, but doable for all vehicles.

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Strong sun. Small cluster of trees on the right. Open spots on a Saturday. Three rigs can be at the trees but privacy suffers. Two pit toilets. The one we used was clean but nearly full.

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pros: great spot! stayed here in our 24 ft rv for 3 days! great views, quiet, a bathroom nearby! and ofcourse the dunes!

cons: none! it's dusty here obviously and very dry! come prepared! also the 4 mile road to get here is quite bumpy, but we made it in our rv no problem, just go really slow and take your time

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At the end of Kelso Dune access road, plenty of level spots with fire pits. One spot has trees. Drive around and check them all out before deciding. There is an outhouse facility in two spots. The unpaved power line road is much smoother riding. The Dune hikes are wonderful and the views, sunsets (rise) and star gazing are five stars. What a great spot, I spent several days and used this as my base camp. Water and trash disposal are available at the Kelso station, a nice ride.

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Awesome spot! Pass trail head (you can hike right from your camp)stay right at the fork (about a mile after trail head). Nice spot under 2 trees with a fire pit. Pit toilet only 50' away.
Nice scenery. Road is rough but any car can get in there going slow.

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Great dispersed camping south of the dunes. The main camping area was full but we found a spot just south of the bathrooms with a fire pit. Beautiful views morning and night!

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Wild camping surrounded by dunes. Nice quiet spot

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Large dirt pullout near a distinct (large) tree. A mile past the dunes— make sure to keep right at all forks. We stayed here during heavy rain and had no trouble driving out.

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What a great place. Stayed here with a few other campers. Restrooms 1 mile on the road back where you also can start the hike and park for the day

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What a great place to camp. We arrived after dark but woke up to this beautiful spectacle. We also saw a 22° halo around the moon at 4AM. There were roughly other 6 vehicles camping at this area. There was room for more vehicles. It is a large area.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/22%C2%B0_halo

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Great dispersed camping spot. Nice view of the dunes. If there are other campers there you might have to explore a bit to find a spot that is not tagged No Camping / No Fire. If you find a fire ring you’re good to go.

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Camping at Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve. Lots of space, many tent campers, great view of the dunes, very quiet.

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Awesome nice place near the dunes. Absolutely quiet at night.

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Great free spot with a view of the Dunes.

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Freaking awesome place. Large spots. We're driving 22ft. trailer. We parked wedged between small clump of trees on furthest loop with spectacular view of the dunes, morning and night. No water or toilets, but there are pit toilets about a mile from camp, by the trailhead to the top of the dunes. Surreal.

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HUGE camping area with tons of space and fire pits.

The hike from camp to the top of the dune is definitely worth the view!

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Great, free spot down a pretty badly washboarded road--slow going for us in our older class A motorhome, but totally worth it. As others mentioned, lots of spots to camp, plus a cool, huge sand dune to hike. Check out Kelso Depot nearby--free and cool history, good little park shop (for stuff related to the Mojave National Preserve).

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