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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.

  • Watch for storm damage on all roads

    Recent storms have caused flash flooding and damage to roads. Reduce speed and use caution when traveling through the park after storms. Call 760-252-6100 or 760-252-6108 for updates. Check our Current Conditions page for information on specific roads. More »

Annual Spring Survey

Surveying Piute Springs

NPS Photo

Seasonal variations in the presence of water is common at many small springs in Mojave National Preserve; some may go dry during periods of drought. Each fall, volunteers from all over California, Nevada, and Arizona-including many from Quail Unlimited and the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep-head to springs in the Preserve to monitor water supplies used by wildlife. The 2012 Spring Snapshot Survey will take place from September through November. The National Park Service is seeking volunteers with four-wheel drive vehicles and GPS units who are willing to visit desert springs, record their observations, and return the information to NPS researchers. This year we will be adding ibutton® data loggers to the survey protocol.

To learn more about springs and seeps in Mojave National Preserve, visit Springs and Seeps Introduction or the Springs and Seeps Catalog.


This chart shows the relationship between annual precipitation (from October through September) and the percentage of springs and seeps with water. During dry years, such as 2004, ephemeral springs go dry while in wet years, such as 2005, they flow. Ephemeral springs may persist for a few dry years (2006 and 2007) if the perched aquifers have been recharged during a wet year (2005). The numbers at the top of the bars indicate the number of springs surveyed in a given year. Annual precipitation at Mid Hills is indicated on the left axis in inches and percentage of surveyed springs with water is shown on the right axis.

Did You Know?

photo of joshua trees

The Joshua tree forest along Cima Road is the largest in the world. Hike the Teutonia Peak trail to get a better look at the Joshua trees. More...