Conquering the Kelso Sand Dunes

When you stare up at a mountain it’s really intimidating and reaching the top seems impossible, but as in life and goals it is very similar, just put one foot in front of the other, stay focused and don’t quit… and when you reach the top you can look back on how far you’ve come, and be amazed.

Located in the Mojave national preserve is this piece of desert paradise. The Kelso dunes are composed predominantly of light-colored quartz and feldspar. The tallest dunes rise up to 650 feet (200 m) above the surrounding terrain. Hiking to the highest peak is 1 1/2 miles, but this is no ordinary hike. Its hot, and you’re trekking through sand at a very step angle. Make sure you bring lots of water and something to cover your head. My husband and I did the hike in boots, I tried going bare foot but the sand was too hot. We took lots of breaks on the way to the top and there was an amazing cool breeze that blew across the dunes at certain points to help cool us down. Making it to the top was so rewarding. Looking down over the trail and seeing how far we had come made me feel like you really can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

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