• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    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: Hart Peak (1:24,000)

MALPAIS SPRINGS (MAS)
Malpais Springs (upper and lower)
MOJA Spring IDs:
HAPE1, CAPE 3
General Location:
Between Castle Peaks and state line
Elevation: 1378 & 1400 m
History: grazing
Hydrogeology:
NA
Type of spring:
Rheocrene
Vegetation:
Willows dominate the wash in this area (lower).
Animal Use: NA
Aquatic biota:
NA
Ephemeral:
NA
Discharge:
NA
Water quality:
NA
Site Condition:
moderately disturbed
Type of disturbance: livestock, diversion
Type of infrastructure/diversion:
Old, destroyed spring box found near left bank beneath a large growth of willows (lower). Water is piped from the source located beneath a bedrock wall at the last "wide" spot in the canyon. Two blue, bucket drinkers are located about 50 yards downstream of the source. They contain approximately 10 gallons of water with a small overflow for another 5 yards down the wash.
Photos: Yes

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.