• 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: February 25, 2015

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

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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