• Kelso Mountain


    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.

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 kelso dunes

At about 600 feet in height, Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve are the third tallest in North America. When quantities of the sands move, they sometimes create a booming sound. Run down the slopes to try to make the dunes boom. More...