• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

Current Conditions

About 60% of precipitation falls in the Mojave in Winter, often as snow
About 60% of precipitation falls in the Mojave in winter, often as snow
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Updated: January 30, 2015

Call for updates 760 252-6108 (7 days a week); 760 252-6101 (weekdays only).

The Superintendent of Mojave National Preserve has temporarily reduced the posted speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on all roads within the preserve. This decision will help reduce traffic speeds along roads that have sustained damage during summer rainstorms, providing motorists with more reaction time as they negotiate damaged roadways.

Additionally, areas of concern will be marked with barricades and cones. Digital message boards will be placed at the entrance to the preserve on Kelbaker Road at I-40, and at the junction of Ivanpah and Morning Star Mine Roads to advise motorists of the reduced speed limit and the damaged-roads conditions.

Preserve staff will be working extra hours to repair road damage, and supplemental road crews are being brought in from nearby parks to assist.

Roads

Paved Roads - Watch for potholes on all paved roads.

Recent rains have damaged park roads. Watch for washouts and road damage.

  • Black Canyon Road - Open. Paved road surface is undercut in places- watch for warning cones. Also watch for loose sand in washes.
  • Essex Road - Open. Paved road surface is undercut in places- watch for warning cones.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open.
  • Kelbaker Road - Open; watch for loose sand in washes.
  • Kelso-Cima Road - Open.
  • Lanfair Road - Open. Paved road surface is undercut in places- watch for warning cones.
  • Morning Star Mine Road - Open.
  • Cima Road - Open
  • Zzyzx Road - Open

Dirt Roads

  • Kelso Dunes Road - Open to all vehicles.
  • Black Canyon Road - Open; high clearance recommended. 4-wheel drive may be necessary due to recent and ongoing rains.
  • Cedar Canyon Road -Open; high clearance recommended. 4-wheel drive may be necessary.
  • Lanfair Road - Open. Damage at washes; a few sandy areas. High clearance recommended.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open- Rough- Washes have sustained damage in recent storms - 4-wheel drive recommended.
  • Aiken Mine Road - Open. High clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Wildhorse Canyon Road - Open. Southern end is sandy and soft.for two miles. High clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Macedonia Road - Open. High clearance vehicle recommended. Sand often washes onto the road under the railroad overpass at the west end. Carry a shovel to move sand if needed. Standard pickups and SUVs will probably fit, but higher-profile vehicles may not.
  • Mojave Road - Open. 4-wheel drive recommended.
    • One section of the Mojave Road crossing the Piute Range is badly eroded. Clearance is narrow.
    • Soda Lake may be impassible at times due to seasonal rains. Call Kelso Depot at 760-252-6108 for the latest conditions.

When traveling to the preserve via I-15 or I-40 check Caltran's Highway Information Service for up-to-the-minute road conditions at 1-800-427-7623.

Weather
National Weather Service

Current weather and forecasts:
Cima, Calif. (4,195 feet)
Kelso, Calif. (2,194 feet)

Campgrounds

Mid Hills Campground - Open. First come, first served only.

Hole-in-the-Wall Campground - Open. October - November, and March - April are the busiest periods, when the campground may fill on weekends. First come, first served only.

Black Canyon Group and Equestrian Campground - Open. Reservations required; call 760-928-2572 for more information.


Information centers

Kelso Depot Visitor Center open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.
Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m; closed Christmas and New Year's Day.

Mitchell Caverns, Providence Mountains State Recreation Area remains CLOSED until further notice.

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