• 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.

  • 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 »

Springs & Seeps: Soda Lake South (1:24,000)

Spring Name: Alkaline Spring
General Location: Soda Lake (Soda Lake South)
Elevation: 258 m
History: Alkaline Spring is located right off the historic Mojave Road at the edge of Soda Lake and has some historic and pre-historic significance. Remnants of a drinker and piping are still visible.
Hydrogeology: The spring was located at the edge of a wet playa.
Type of spring: Dry
Vegetation: One mesquite tree and grasses
Animals using spring: None
Aquatic biota: None
Ephemeral: no, dry, even during wet weather
Discharge: dry
Water quality: n/a
Site Condition: moderately disturbed
Type of disturbance: historic diversion and drinker
Type of infrastructure/diversion: 20 meters of historic piping and the rusted remnants of a drinker are present.
Photos: no

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...