• 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 »

For Teachers

From the geology of the sand dunes to desert ecology among the Joshua trees and the history of westward expansion, Mojave National Preserve provides opportunities for adventure and learning for your students. Find teacher guides, ranger classroom visit info, a field trip planning guide and more as you use Mojave as your classroom.

If you are located in Barstow or Victor Valley, California, schedule a trip to the Desert Discovery Center, an environmental education center in Barstow where students participate in immersive, hands-on experiences without the travel time of a field trip to the preserve. Check out courses at the Zzyzx Desert Studies Center for your own professional development.

Did You Know?

photo of rock and Joshua trees

At 1.6 million acres, Mojave National Preserve is the third largest National Park Service area outside of Alaska. Death Valley National Park and Yellowstone National Park rank first and second.