• Kelso Mountain


    National Preserve California

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  • Kelso Depot Visitor Center hours

    Kelso Depot Visitor Center is open Fridays through Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Beanery Lunch Counter is closed.

  • Watch for storm damage on all roads

    Recent storms have caused flash flooding and damage to roads. Reduce speed and use caution when traveling through the park after storms. Call 760-252-6100 or 760-252-6108 for updates. Check our Current Conditions page for information on specific roads. More »

Current Conditions

Late summer rains cause flash flooding that washes out dirt roads.
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Updated: September 15, 2014

Call for updates 760 252-6108 (Friday through Tuesday); 760 252-6101 (Wednesday and Thursday).


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.
  • Essex Road - Open.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open.
  • Kelbaker Road - Open.
  • 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
  • Cedar Canyon Road -4-wheel drive only, muddy and soft, especially at Watson Wash.
  • Lanfair Road - Open. Damage at washes; a few sandy and muddy 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.
  • 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 currently impassible due to recent and predicted rains.
    • Wildhorse Canyon Road - Open. Southern end is soft. 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. Standard pickups and SUVs will probably fit, but higher-profile vehicles may not.

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.

National Weather Service

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


Mid Hills Campground - Open.

Hole-in-the-Wall Campground - Open.

Information centers

Kelso Depot Visitor Center open Friday through Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center: Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Did You Know?

photo of mojave mound cactus bloom

Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 through the California Desert Protection Act. Now managed by the National Park Service, the area was known as the East Mojave Scenic Area, under the Bureau of Land Management.