• 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.


photo of red spotted toad

Red spotted toad

Liz Gallegos

Red-spotted toad
The red-spotted toad (Bufo punctatus) is the only naturally occuring amphibian in Mojave National Preserve. They are abundant at Piute Creek and Cornfield Spring, and have been found at many other springs.

Pacific treefrog
The pacific treefrog (Pseudacris regilla) is native to the Mojave River System. At Mojave National Preserve, it is found only in and around the large pond at the Desert Studies Center at ZzyZx and was probably introduced following the construction of the ponds.

California Treefrog
The California Treefrog (Hyla cadaverina) lives in the Peninsular Ranges of California including the little San Bernardino Mountains at at some desert oasis such as Indian Cove at Joshua Tree National Park. Although scientists have reported hearing them in the 1960s and the 1990s in springs in the Granite Mopuntains, there have neen no confirmed sightings.

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.