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 »
The Mojave Desert is internationally known as a place to conduct scientific research in desert ecosystems. This was recognized in the 1994 California Desert Protection Act that created Mojave National Preserve in part to "retain and enhance opportunities for scientific research in undisturbed ecosystems." On this page you will find links to apply for a research permit, search investigator's reports, read about research NPS is conducting, and review the research needs that park management has identified.
Apply for a Scientific Research Permit
Independent scientific research is encouraged. Click here to start the application process. You will need a proposal and study plan. If your research involves animals you will need a Scientific Research Permit from the California Department of Fish and Game and approval from your Animal Use Protocol Committee. An Investigator's Annual Report will be required each year your permit is active. Publications and reports must be submitted to the Preserve and will be posted here.
Search Research Products
Email questions to the Science Advisor.
Did You Know?
The railroad town of Kelso in Mojave National Preserve was named in 1905 by railroad construction workers. Two men placed their names in a hat, along with that of a third who had just moved away. The name drawn from the hat was that of John H. Kelso, the man absent from the drawing. More...