Explore a refurbished railroad depot and learn about the historic town of Kelso.
Contact: Rana Knighten
Phone: (760) 252-6124 or (760) 221-2829
This three-story beautifully restored railroad depot dates back to 1924. Rangers will lead students through the museum exhibits and share stories about the people that called this place home. Students discover the Mojave Desert through the eyes of ranchers, miners, homesteaders, railroaders, and Native Americans. Students love having their picture taken atop the old horse saddle and in the Kelso jail!
Natural history exhibits allow students to learn about the may plants and animals that thrive in this harsh desert environment. Additional on-site Ranger Programs can be arranged. Options include programs programs about geology, Native American plant traditions, and animal adaptations.
Logistics and Planning
By school bus, allow 1.75 hours from Barstow, 1.75 hours from Las Vegas, 2.75 hours from Victor Valley, 40 minutes from Baker. Route is along paved roads. No gas stations are located inside the park, so plan accordingly.
Typically, students arrive at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center between 9:30 - 10:00AM, where a Ranger will greet your group. Students take turns using the available restrooms. Students are generally split into two or three groups and tour the museum exhibits with Rangers. Rangers will utilize the many exhibits to introduce students to the stories of the many people that lived and worked in this area as well as Mojave Desert flora and fauna. A 20 minute film is available and with adult approval, time can be given to the students to shop in the Bookstore for souvenirs. Depending on available time, additional Ranger Programs can be arranged. Options include programs about geology, Native American plant traditions, and animal adaptations. See the Kelso Depot Guide to Programs (101KB PDF) for more information.
After the tour, students will have time to eat their sack lunches at the outside picnic tables. Group leaders are responsible for cleanup after the group before leaving the area. Restrooms and water are available.