In to the Mojave: Kelso Dunes

The Mojave Desert is a big place – 47,877 square miles, primarily in southeastern California and southern Nevada. In a series of posts I will explore just the Mojave National Preserve, which, at 2500 square miles, is big enough in its own right. It is the third largest unit of the National Park System in the contiguous United States. In fact, in my week-long stay in the Preserve, I was only able to visit a few of the many interesting areas. Here I will focus on the Kelso Dune Field.

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The tallest dunes rise 650 feet above the surrounding area. If one slowly slides down a dune a low-frequency rumble can be heard, known as “Singing Sand”.
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Covering 45 square miles, Kelso Dunes is the largest field of wind-formed sand deposits in the Mojave Desert.
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Wind-blown sand forms ghostly images
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The wind draws wonderful abstract patterns in the sand


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