• 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.

Scientific Research

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?

photo of 4-wheel drive vehicle exploring Mojave

Mojave National Preserve is a great place to explore by 4-wheel drive vehicle. Over a thousand miles of dirt roads are open for exploration. Driving off-road is not allowed. More...