Kelso Dunes

Growing up in the Midwest I imagined all deserts looked like Kelso Dunes. 2 hours south of Las Vegas at Mojave National Preserve sits 45 square miles of dune fun. A 3-mile roundtrip takes you to the top of the sand dunes and back to the trailhead. It's a lot tougher going up. You can run or slide down. The hike has no shade, cover up!

View from the tent. Kelso Dunes straight ahead.

View from the tent. Kelso Dunes straight ahead.

Untouched. Get there early enough to beat the footprints.

Untouched. Get there early enough to beat the footprints.

Bird prints.

Bird prints.

Human prints.

Human prints.

Slide down the dunes and hear the sand vibrate.

Slide down the dunes and hear the sand vibrate.

Beach sand with no water.

Beach sand with no water.

MS

MS

Sun down. The temperature dropped quickly after the sun set.

Sun down. The temperature dropped quickly after the sun set.