KELLBAKER RD. (SOUTH) Date reviewed - 7/05
Fun . . . . . . . . 5
Difficulty . . . . .Medium
Traffic . . . . . . None to Light
Driveways . . . .None
Condition . . . . Good to Fair
Length . . . . . .40 miles
After leaving Amboy, heading east on National Trails Hwy. (Rte 66), you have several options. For some high-speed driving, but a longer distance to Vegas, stay on Route 66 all the way to Hwy. 95 in Nevada and take that north into Vegas (cyan on the map).
However, if you prefer a little more variety turn north on Kelbaker Rd. (6 miles outside of Amboy). This road is in very good shape and runs in pretty much a straight line for about 11.5 miles before you come to the 40 Fwy. Here again you can take the 40 east to Needles and take the 95 north to Vegas if you want. Staying on Kelbaker Rd. past the 40 is my recommended path because there is some great driving out here and almost no other vehicles.
The road surface is in pretty good shape but there are places where sand may have washed across in the last storm. The northern end heading into Kelso is composed of very long straights with the occasional slight kink in the road, it won't feel like you are getting anywhere out here. Use caution when heading north, there is a fairly tight corner just before the RR Xing in Kelso.
Once you reach Kelso you will find a renovated train station that is finally open to visitors - hopefully this doesn't increase the traffic out there too much but at least now there is a place to use the restroom. At this intersection you can choose to stay on Kelbaker Rd. to the 15 Fwy. at Baker (red on map) or turn east on to Kelso Cima Rd. to continue through the desert to Vegas (yellow on map).- Back to Region
Red (south): Amboy Rd.
Blue: Kellbaker Rd. (first section is on National Trails Hwy.
Cyan: National Trails Hwy.
Red (north): Kellbaker Rd. (north)
Yellow: Kelso Cima Rd.
And that's all there is to the town of Kelso.