• Kelso Mountain


    National Preserve California

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  • Kelso Depot Visitor Center is closed today, Friday March 28, 2014

    The Visitor Center will reopen by 10 am tomorrow, Saturday, March 29. The water system is shut down due to problems with the storage tank. Beginning on March 29, portable toilets will be available at Kelso until the tank can be replaced.

  • 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.

Science Newsletter

May 2013

  • Fulton's desertsnail: A new species of Cahuillus from Mojave National Preserve. Lance Gilberston.
  • Way to co-exist! Reciprocal predation mediates the co-existence of endangered Mohave tui chub with invasive western mosquitofish: A case study from Mojave National Preserve. Sujan M. Henkanaththegedara and Craig A. Stockwell.
  • Use of Artificial Water Sources by Mule Deer in Mojave National Preserve. Kelley M. Stewart.

April 2012

  • Blister beetle nest parasites cooperate to mimic the sex pheromone of the solitary bee Habropoda pallida (Hymenoptera: Apidae), Leslie Saul-Gershenz, Jocelyn G. Millar, and J. Steven McElfresh.
  • Functional Ecology Measures: Evaluation of Springs in Mojave National Preserve, Mark E. Whalon and Alexander Johnson.
  • Endemic Kelso Dunes Insects: a Hotspot of Biodiversity, Doug Yanega.

March 2011

  • A history of Mojave Desert tortoise movement: a view through the window of population genetics, B.E. Hagerty and C.R. Tracy.
  • Upper respiratory tract disease (URTD), mycoplasmosis, and antibody responses in the Mojave Desert tortoise, F.C. Sandmeier, C.R. Tracy, S. DuPré, H. Mohammadpour, and K. Hunter.
  • Desert tortoise and highway traffic: a resource management concern, D. Hughson and N. Darby.

April 2010

  • A Recent Sighting of a Banded Gila Monster, (Heloderma suspectum cinctum) in Mojave National Preserve, California, R.Ruppert.
  • Coevolution of Joshua trees and their Pollinators: A Short Review, C.I. Smith.
  • Demographic Studies of Joshua Trees in Mojave Desert National Parks: Demography With Emphasis on Germination and Recruitment, T.C. Esque, B. Reynolds, L.A. DeFalco, B.A. Waitman.

November 2009

  • Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center: an Interview with Director Dr. Jim André, J. André, D. Hughson.
  • Reptile Diversity Following the Hackberry Fire, K. Dutcher.
  • Physiological Responses of Mojave Desert Shrubs to Simulated Summer Wash Flow: Preliminary Results, A. Newlander, D. Bedford, D. Miller, D. Sandquist.

April 2009

  • Responses of Mule Deer to Experimental Manipulation of Water Sources: Preliminary Results from the First Year, N. Darby, J. Dungan, K. Stewart, V. Bleich, D. Hughson.
  • Mohave Tui Chub Recovery: Hybridization and Invasion, D. Hughson, N. Darby, S. Parmenter, S. Henkanaththegedara, J. Seigel.
  • Tortoise on Roads in Mojave Preserve, D. Hughson, N. Darby.
  • Effects of small mammals on post-fire vegetation recovery in the Mojave Desert, P. Stapp.

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.