• 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: Soda Lake North (1:24,000)

MC Spring, Soda Springs
MOJA Spring IDs:
SOLA1, 2
General Location: Zzyzx
251 - 290 m
History: NA
Type of spring:
Vegetation: Cattails
Animal Use:
bighorn sheep
Aquatic biota:
Mosquito Fish, Mohave Tui Chub
< 1 l/m
Water quality: Water quality: MC Spring: DO: 8.18 mg/l, pH: 8.84, Conductivity: 4.6 (mS/cm), TDS: 2.4 g/l, Salinity: 2.5 (0/00)
Site Condition: moderately disturbed
Type of disturbance: recreation, diversion, road construction (Soda Spring)
Type of infrastructure/diversion: Artifical lake; Desert Studies Center

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.