• Kelso Mountain


    National Preserve California

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Springs & Seeps: Homer Mtn (1:24,000)

Piute Spring
MOJA Spring ID:
General Location:
Ft. Piute (Homer Mountain)
866 m
Located on old Mojave Government Road, prehistoric and extensive historic use, including farming
Hydrogeology: Faulting and erosion cause discharge from the east side of the local Lanfair Valley aquifer at Piute Spring that creates a narrow riparian corridor a couple kilometers in length. Recharge to the aquifer comes from precipitation in the New York Mountains and Castle Peaks.
Type of spring:
Willows, tamarisk, cattails, rushes
Animal Use:
Bighorn Sheep
Aquatic biota:
Discharge: 11.5 gpm
Water quality:
Halfway point in Nov.2008: DO: 10.5 mg/l, pH: 7.75, Conductivity: 803 (µS/cm) TDS: 391 mg/l, Salinity: 0.4 (0/00); At source in March 2010: DO: 5.55 mg/l, pH: 8.03, Conductivity: 453 (µS/cm) TDS: 219 mg/l, Salinity: 0.22 (0/00); Halfway point in March 2010: DO: 8.36 mg/l, pH: 8.36, Conductivity: 532 (µS/cm) TDS: 258 mg/l, Salinity: 0.26 (0.00); Downstream in March 2010: DO: 9.72 mg/l, pH: 9.72, Conductivity: 522 (µS/cm) TDS: 253 mg/l, Salinity: 0.25 (0/00)
Site Condition:
moderately disturbed
Type of disturbance:
historic residence, wildfire, recreation
Type of infrastructure/diversion: Interpretive site, developed hiking trails.
Photos: Yes

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Park or preserve? Like other parks with the designation of "national preserve," Mojave National Preserve is managed under the same guidelines as national parks. The main difference is that hunting is allowed in national preserves, but not in national parks.