Current Conditions

Updated: October 5, 2015

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

Kelso Dunes Road will be CLOSED November 9 - 13, 2015 for road surface improvements. Kelso Dunes trailhead and roadside campsites at the end of Kelso Dunes Road will be inaccessible during this time.

The eastbound Essex Road exit from Interstate 40 is CLOSED due to ongoing road work. The westbound exit remains open. A detour is available and directs visitors to travel to the next exit to the east and get back on Interstate 40 westbound to exit at Essex Road.


Paved Roads - Watch for potholes on all paved roads.

  • Black Canyon Road - Open. Paved road surface is undercut in places- watch for warning cones.
  • Essex Road - Open.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open.
  • Kelbaker Road - Open. Use caution and watch for active flooding. Standing water and debris present in several areas.
  • Kelso-Cima Road - Open. Evidence of flooding and debris present on road, use caution.
  • Lanfair Road - Open
  • 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. May require 4 wheel drive due to recent rains.
  • Cedar Canyon Road -Open; high clearance recommended. May require 4 wheel drive due to recent rains.
  • Lanfair Road - Open. High clearance recommended.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open - Rough, High clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Aiken Mine Road - Open. High clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Wildhorse Canyon Road - Open. High clearance and 4-wheel drive is recommended.
  • Macedonia Road - Open. High clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Mojave Road - Open. 4-wheel drive recommended.
    • 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.

Traveling to the park on the historic Route 66? Check on Route 66 road closures and updates here.

National Weather Service

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


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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