Mojave National Preserve

Location: southeast California
Date: February 18, 2011

Mojave National Preserve is located between Interstates 40 and 15 in California, and my only experience in it was a drive across it from north to south on my way to Joshua Tree National Park.  I wish that I had more time to visit the preserve, but unfortunately that was not the case.

The southern section of the preserve

The primary thing that I noticed in the preserve were the large number of Joshua trees in the area.  The Joshua trees appeared to be in much denser stand here than in Joshua Tree National Park.  The trees are characteristic of the Mojave desert, which the preserve protects a large portion of.

The other significant feature were the Kelso sand dunes, which at up to 650 feet high, I noticed from miles away.  I stopped for a break in my driving at the Kelso train depot, which has been turned into the preserve's visitor center.

The Kelso Dunes from four miles to the east

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