• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    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

photo of sand dunes
Winter sun on Kelso Dunes.
NPS collection
 

Updated: August 26, 2014

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

Roads

Paved Roads - Watch for potholes on all paved roads.

Late summer rains have begun in the Mojave. Conditions change quickly and roads may quickly become impassible or require 4 wheel drive. Use caution when traveling through the Preserve and do not attempt to drive through running water in roadways.

  • Black Canyon Road - Open. Sand, rocks, and debris on road.
  • Essex Road - Open. Sand, rocks, and debris on road.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open. Sand, rocks, and debris on road.
  • Kelbaker Road - Open. Sand, rocks, and debris on road.
  • Kelso-Cima Road - Open. Sand, rocks, and debris on road.
  • Lanfair Road - Open. Sand, rocks, and debris on road.
  • Morning Star Mine Road - Open. Sand, rocks, and debris on road.
  • Cima Road - Open. Sand, rocks, and debris on road.
  • Zzyzx Road - Open

Dirt Roads

  • Kelso Dunes Road - Open to all vehicles.
  • Black Canyon Road - Open; recommended for high clearance or 4WD vehicles after recent storms.
  • Cedar Canyon Road -Open; recommended for high clearance or 4WD vehicles after recent storms.
  • Lanfair Road - Open. A few sandy and muddy areas; high clearance vehicle or 4WD recommended after recent storms.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open. Rough road in many areas; high clearance vehicle or 4WD recommended after recent storms.
  • Aiken Mine Road - Open. High clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Mojave Road - Open. 4-wheel drive strongly 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 - High clearance vehicle or 4WD recommended after recent storms.
  • Macedonia Road - High clearance vehicle or 4WD recommended. Sand often washes onto the road under the railroad overpass at the west end of Macedonia Road after storms. 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.

Weather
National Weather Service

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

Campgrounds

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 detail on Kelso Depot.

The railroad town of Kelso in Mojave National Preserve was named in 1905 by railroad construction workers. Two men placed their names in a hat, along with that of a third who had just moved away. The name drawn from the hat was that of John H. Kelso, the man absent from the drawing. More...