I first visited the Dunes Motel in August 2017. I had been doing some lightpainting in the Antelope Valley, and was returning home via Barstow and National Trails Highway, aka the Mother Road aka Route 66. The Dunes Motel is a complex of four buildings and a swimming pool that lies just southwest of Barstow. Seeing it for the first time late at night under a partial moon, it was, admittedly, a bit creepy. There were, of course, no lights, and my flashlight only revealed bits and pieces of empty rooms and graffiti walls.
In February 2018, I traversed Route 66 again, this time during the day. Just off the highway, you can see the make-shift sign and distinctive palms trees.
The windows had been boarded up, and graffiti covered the boards. Here’s the view to the left.
And the view to the right. I wish I had been able to photograph the property without the boards on the windows. Oh well…
Last time, I missed the pool, but was able to take a better look this time. The chair doesn’t look that old.
I’m sure I’ll revisit this motel some day.