Explore the most popular birding trails in Mojave National Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
24 days ago

I hiked Kelso Dunes 3 times already. I drove 2.5-3hrs from where I lived. But it's worth of a drive anyway. I took different people here already. and they love it. the 3rd time I went was Saturday, April 28, 2018 with my daughter and son. they are only 5 & 8 and they love the sand dunes. they made it all the way to the top of the sand dunes. i was so proud of them. and this was their first hike of a 3 miles. never did took them on my little hike before. they love it and asked for more hikes. also, this place is just amazing. never a dull of how many times i been here.. for some people who don't hike much.. this will be legs workout for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

U wont regret!

superb trail !

Great hike. Well established trail all the way to the top. Good variations in landscape. Wonderful views at the peak.

hiking
2 months ago

This place was awesome!! I didn’t hike all the way to the top because I wasn’t prepared for that grueling workout. However, I stills got some beautiful pictures.

if you have a wimpy car, approach from the south on paved roads!

i tried to access hole-in-the-wall from the north via Cedar Canyon Rd, which is marked as ok for 2wd vehicles. but i turned around as I wasn't certain my compact rental car could handle it, especially in the rain.

Joshua Trees from the get go are amazing and the views from the top are unbelievable.

2 months ago

Five of us old folks (average age 67) did this one at the end of January. We had a great time and found the hike easy except the rings themselves. With only a little trouble, and a lot of laughs we made it up the rings. I enjoyed it so much that I repeated this part when finishing up the Barber Peak Loop Trail. Loved it both times.

hiking
2 months ago

When we went we had it to ourselves. We walked passed the trail the first time. When you get to the end of the road, you're going to go left. Follow the volcanic rocks on the ground. Then to your right you will see a trail up a slight incline. Pass the first hole to reach the staircase. I would recommend bringing a flashlight as our phones weren't strong enough for the darkness. Also watch the ceiling! I scraped my back pretty hard down there.

Worth the effort. From the paved road go past the dirt road shown to the next bigger dirt road wider and better condition

Great views of plateaus and mesas in the valley, the rings at the end are unique and fun. Worth doing it even if the rings are too challenging.

All the incline is at the end making for a good workout with rewarding views at the finish! Very enjoyable and well marked hike. Great views of the Dome!

What a great trail! The rings were awesome!

2 months ago

Worth the off road trek

3 months ago

It’s a really lovely place. The hike is quite manageable, though take it easy on the way down.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an absolutely beautiful hike! The view from the top of the dunes is awesome, and it's incredibly quiet and peaceful. That being said, don't underestimate the sun and sand-this hike is very tiring and it's easy to dehydrate if you don't drink enough water. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! We found some super cute geckos and saw lots of snake tracks (but no actual snakes) in the sand.

hiking
5 months ago

Cool trail that apparently has the highest concentration of Joshua trees in the world. Nice views at the top. Took us 45 minutes to go up and 30 to descend so it’s a great quick hike!

walking
5 months ago

Much cooler than I thought it would be! I really enjoyed exploring this place.

hiking
5 months ago

Climbing the highest dune was the ultimate "stair stepper" experience. For every step forward, one slips backwards six inches. Extremely rigorous workout with spectacular views along the way.

Awesome lil trail, the rings was fun

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike through Joshua Trees, Juniper Trees and cactus habitat. A well maintained trail leads up the peak and at the top are great views. The hike up is not overly strenuous and overall it is an easy trail with little shade.

hiking
6 months ago

First do I️t in the morning and not in the summer. Soft sand the whole way and no shade. Awesome views if you can make it to the top. Suggest doing the last elevation barefoot.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail basically ends at the start of the dunes. From there, you have the option to climb up the dunes or not. Trail leading to the dunes is well established. Epic tan acheived.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked around 6:30am and the weather was perfect!! Totally recommend hiking before sunrise. Also, they have restrooms in the parking area which is great too

hiking
9 months ago

Difficult, but worth it! Great views from the top and fun running down. With lots of water, sunscreen and a hat you should be all right. Don't underestimate the sun and sand making every step hard.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked May 1
Very Hot and No Shade
Strenuous due to soft sand.
Hike up the side for easier rout to the peak.

Drive and Parking is a breeze for all cars.

Super cool

Only the rings make this hike difficult. The rest of the hike is easy, but do the rings if you are able. They are really fun! The landscape in and around these rock formations is amazing.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

hiking
11 months ago

Really nice trail! First part is flat, among the joshuas and lots of variety in desert plants and flowers. Then the climb to the top was rocky, and fun! Beautiful vistas at the top!

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