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Mojave National Preserve: Lava Tubes and Sand Dunes

$80.00 $50.00

Saturday, October 21st 2017

Have you ever ventured out to the east of Interstate 15 while driving to and from Las Vegas? If you haven’t then you’ll want to hop aboard this caravan to the land of Extinct Lava Fields and Sand Dunes the size of skyscrapers! This venture has a current schedule available, check here for more details…

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This venture is a one day excursion to the vast and extinct lava fields at Cima to explore a hollow 10,000 year old lava tube. If you have severe claustrophobia, this may not be for you, but I assure you that it is well worth the descent into the depths of this beautiful underground treasure.

From the Lava Tube, we will make our way to Kelso Depot for a small lunch break and then shortly thereafter, we head to Kelso Dunes, a giant playground of skyscraper sized sand dunes. Here we will spend the rest of the day until sundown. When the golden hour comes, have your cameras ready because they have a tendency to be explosive when the weather is just right. Our last and final stop after the dunes will be at the Mad Greek in Baker for a nice dinner and some much needed decompression time.

Available Seats:

  • There is a maximum occupancy of 20 people for this Venture.
About the terrain:
There will be hiking involved on this venture so please know your limits. The Cima Lava Tube is a half mile round trip from the trailhead. There are 200 ft (61 m) of total vertical hike on this trail which puts it in the ‘Easy’ hiking category. You will encounter loose footing along the trail so you should take precaution for your ankles and make certain you watch your step or bring some boots with sturdy ankle support. The elevation at the Lave Tube trailhead is approx. 3,500 ft. (1,066 m).

The Kelso Dunes are vast and littered with all sorts of potential trails, however if you wish to scale the biggest dune to get a shot, please be aware that the wind blasts are significant depending on time of year. It is not uncommon to experience high winds approaching 40 mph near the top of the bigger dunes, so bundle up and wear glasses or goggles if you wish and definitely some kind of secured hat or head garb to withstand the sheets of sand that you will get pelted with on occasion. The tallest of the Kelso Dunes is a 640 ft. (195 m) monster and involves a 3.44 miles ( 5.5 km) round trip from trailhead and back. The elevation at the Kelso Dunes trailhead is approx. 2,500 ft. (762 m).

In regards to temperature, The park can reach Summer averages of 92.8 ºF (33.8 ºC) and during the Winter, the temperatures can reach an average low of 29.5 ºF (-1.4 ºC).


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Meet up location: 

We will be stopping at the Mad Greek located in Baker, CA at 9:00am for check in and a brief orientation/ meet and greet. Please be on time, we will be covering our agenda for the day and leaving as soon as we wrap up breakfast/brunch and orientation for this venture.

Equipment (required):

  • Camera and lenses with any range from 14mm up to 200mm.
  • Plenty of “charged” batteries for your camera.
  • Tripod, remote release, lens cloth, and plenty of memory cards.
  • Headlamp, flashlight or both.
  • Day-pack with plenty of snacks and extras.
  • A small lunch for our mid day break.
  • WATER!, bring enough, Hydration is number one!

Recommended (optional):

  • Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, and bug repellent depending on the season.
  • A hat, gloves and a light/medium jacket depending on the weather.
  • Boots, sneakers or any shoes with a good gripping tread.( ankle support is ideal)
  • Filters such as circular polarized and graduated filters are great!
  • A back up camera or point and shoot just in case.

If you have any questions about this venture please visit the contact page on the site or email us at stpworkshop@gmail.com

*By purchasing or registering for this venture, you agree to the Shoot The Planet Terms and Conditions. Our refund and cancelation policy can also be found here. Participants must be 18 years of age to attend courses and events. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.