• Kelso Mountain


    National Preserve California

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  • Portable toilets at Kelso Depot Visitor Center

    The water system at Kelso is shut down due to problems with the storage tank. Portable toilets are available; bottled water is available for purchase. Campers note-you won't be able to fill water bottles at Kelso until the system is repaired.

  • Telephone at Kelso Depot is not working

    Kelso Depot Visitor Center telephone, 760 252-6108, is not working. For information on weekdays, call 760 252-6100. On Saturday, try calling 760 252-6104.

  • 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.

Current Conditions

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

Updated: April 10, 2014

Call for updates 760 252-6100 (Monday through Friday); 760 252-6104 (Saturday and Sunday).


Paved Roads

  • Black Canyon Road - Open.
  • Essex Road - Open.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open.
  • Kelbaker Road - Open.
  • Kelso-Cima Road - Open.
  • Lanfair Road - Open.
  • Morning Star Mine Road - Open
  • Zzyzx Road - Open

Dirt Roads

  • Kelso Dunes Road - Open to all vehicles.
  • Black Canyon Road - Open to all vehicles.
  • Cedar Canyon Road - Open to all vehicles.
  • Lanfair Road - Open. A few sandy areas; high clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open. Rough road in many areas; high clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Aiken Mine Road - Open. High clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Mojave Road - Open. 4-wheel drive recommended. Expect heavy traffic on weekends in April.
    • One section of the Mojave Road crossing the Piute Range is badly eroded. Clearance is narrow.
    • Soda Lake is dry.
  • Wildhorse Canyon Road - Open. High clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Macedonia Road - Sand has filled in on the road under the railroad overpass at the west end of Macedonia Road. 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 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 Friday through Sunday, 9 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.