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The Crossroads of Opportunity

Barstow, California is in the perfect place: the Crossroads of Opportunity…in the middle of everywhere! Barstow is the place to be for individuals who want a taste of the finer life while being able to retreat to a quiet calm seldom found in cities. Additionally, Barstow’s prime location offers both visitors and residents the opportunity to travel to some of the most sought after destinations in the United States whenever they wish: Los Angeles, Hollywood, Disneyland and Las Vegas, to name a few.

We offer small-town friendliness and values accompanied by beautiful scenery that calms the soul like nowhere else can. Our residents understand the importance of being hospitable and practice the art of hospitality from the heart—not from an employee manual or public relations campaign. When locals say “Welcome to Barstow,” it’s a personal greeting…not a recording.

Barstow provides easy access to some of Mother Nature’s finest work. The Mojave Desert is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes throughout the United States. The desert is a place full of vegetation and plenty of wildlife and invites visitors to discover the many treasures held within.

There are plenty of amenities available to make anyone’s stay comfortable. Lodging, dining and shopping options are abundant and local businesses aim to please. Visitors will experience first-rate service along with a friendliness that will no doubt make most anyone feel welcome. It will not take long before visitors and the recently relocated recognize Barstow as the best of California.

Kelso Depot Visitor Center

For those of you who are visiting the desert for the first time, visit the Barstow Visitor Center at the Historical Harvey House in Barstow, and then head to the Kelso Depot, a great place to begin getting acquainted with the city and its surrounding areas. As the official visitor center for the Mojave National Preserve, the historic depot also functions as a museum. Displays feature wildlife and fauna from the surrounding desert in addition to sand dunes, desert mining and ranching. Additionally, several rooms have been remodeled to illustrate life as it was during the first half of the 20th century.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except Christmas
Entrance Fee: Free
Facilities: Restrooms, water
Phone: 760-733-4456

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