Kelso Dunes Mine

Mojave National Preserve

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Kelso-Dunes Road
Amboy, CA 92304
760-252-6100
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GPS: 34.8881, -115.7166

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 2534 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

4 people have reviewed this location.

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Anotherboldmove
San Diego, CA
25 Airstream Serenity
2013 Toyota Tundra
1 review
Days stayed: 2

Anotherboldmove would stay here again

Reviewed Mar 27, 2018

Overall Rating

Beautiful boondocking spot. As often happens this time of the year in the desert, it got really windy and cold. We found the last mile to be a little more washboard than we like, but we pushed on since it was only a mile. It's a great workout hiking to the top of the dunes. If you enjoy wide open vistas and gorgeous sunrises you'll... more

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glasgows_onthego

28 Ford Four Winds Five Thousand
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
87 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

glasgows_onthego would stay here again

“Great spot right by the dunes, but weak cell service for those of us who need it”

Reviewed Jan 15, 2018

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This was a great camping area right up against the dunes. The road in was fine, a little wash boarded for the last mile. The campsites are pretty much anywhere you can stick you rig that's not blocking a road. The coordinates take you to the largest open area by some trees where you should be able to turn around and would be prime area... more

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TigerNomad
Sun Valley, ID
Provan Astro Tiger XL
95 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

TigerNomad would stay here again

“Lovely Desert Camping”

Reviewed Dec 23, 2017

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I stopped at the Kelso Visitor Center to double check that camping was allowed in this area and the ranger warned me that it’s “popular” so I may not get a space. He said to only camp in spots that had an existing fire ring. Found a space no problem, and shared the area with four other rigs and a half dozen tents over about a half ... more

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0bars
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1bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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Brake for Nature

30 Northwood Arctic Fox 25Y
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4

Brake for Nature would stay here again

“Enjoy sunrise and sunset on the Kelso Dunes”

Reviewed Mar 05, 2017

Overall Rating

There are several campsites a couple miles west of the Kelso Dunes trailhead. A few large sites are easily accessible with wide, compacted roads, but some of the smaller campsites require driving over softer sand, so be careful. There are warning signs on some of the softer roads. There were some other rigs parked in sites close t... more

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2bars
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Boondocking Test in the Mojave Desert | Brake for Nature

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
Pets:
  • pets

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