• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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  • Lower speed limits are temporarily in effect until road damage can be repaired

    The Superintendent has temporarily reduced the posted speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on all roads within the preserve as road crews work to repair damage from recent heavy rains. Call 760 252-6108 for more information.

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Springs & Seeps: Hopps Well (1:24,000)

Talc Spring
MOJA Spring ID: HOWE1
General Location:
East of Castle Peaks, California-Nevada Stateline
Elevation: 1400 m
History: grazing
Hydrogeology:
NA
Type of spring:
Seep
Vegetation:
Spring site covered with Typhus. Tamarisk also found on site.
Animal Use: quails and other birds
Aquatic biota:
NA
Ephemeral:
at best
Discharge:
dry
Water quality:
NA
Site Condition:
moderately disturbed
Type of disturbance: diversion, invasive vegetation
Type of infrastructure/diversion: Some pipe leads up to the spring for approximately 30 yards from an old, cement trough.
Photos: Yes

Did You Know?

photo of detail on Kelso Depot.

The railroad town of Kelso in Mojave National Preserve was named in 1905 by railroad construction workers. Two men placed their names in a hat, along with that of a third who had just moved away. The name drawn from the hat was that of John H. Kelso, the man absent from the drawing. More...