• 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.

Springs & Seeps: East of Grotto Hills (1:24,000)

Piute Tenaja
MOJA Spring IDs:
General Location:
Piute Mountain Range
Elevation: 1071 m
History: Below a wildlife drinker
Type of spring:
Animal Use:
Bighorn Sheep, Puma
Aquatic biota:
yes (in dry years)
Discharge: none
Water quality:
Site Condition:
moderately disturbed
Type of disturbance:
Type of infrastructure/diversion:
A California Fish & Game drinker (now maintained and operated by SCBS) is located above the tenaja. The drinker has two large storage tanks which receive water through a pipe from a small check dam upstream.

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...