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There is no real trail through the dunes as shifting sands prevent it. Hikers are encouraged to explore the area on their own.

The Kelso Dunes lie in the western portion of the preserve and cover an area of 50 square miles. The trailhead lies on the southern end of this expanse with an interpretive panel that describes the origin and evolution of the dunes, as well as plant and animal life upon them. An abandoned jeep road leads a short distance north from the trailhead then ends in the shifting sands of the region. From this point hikers can explore at will. The highest dune at Kelso reaches 500 feet, but interesting features and sights are visible from much lower heights. Be sure to take sunscreen, water, a hat and sunglasses when hiking on the dunes as temperatures can soar here, even in winter.

Directions: From Baker, Travel eastward on Kelbaker Road 37.8 miles to a fork in the road. Bear right at this fork and drive 4 miles to the Kelso Dunes access road. Turn right on the access road and drive 4 miles to the trailhead.

Elevation: 2,500 feet

Ending Elevation: 3,000 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Easy

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Mojave National Preserve, California

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