• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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  • 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.

Wildflower Observations (Spring 2011)

Wallace's

Wallace's Woolly Daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)

Wallace's Woolly Daisy can be seen carpeting the desert floor throughout the Preserve.

April 2011

Kelbaker Road - north of Kelso
beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris)
bladderpod
(Isomeris arborea)
brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)
chia (Salvia columbariae)
desert dandelion
(Malacothrix glabrata)
desert mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)
Fremont pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii)
rayless encelia (Encelia frutescens)
Wallace's woolly daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)

Kelbaker Road - south of Kelso
bladderpod (Isomeris arborea)
prickly poppy (Argemone corymbosa)

Hole-in-the-Wall
desert paintbrush (Castilleja angustifolia)
Mojave mound cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus)
red-stemmed filaree (Erodium cicutarium)

March 2011

Zyzzx
Bigelow’s monkeyflower (Mimulus bigelovei)
bladderpod (Isomeris arborea)
brown-eyed primrose (Camissonia claviformis)
checker fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata)
desert chicory (Rafnesquia neomexicana)
desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)
desert gold-poppy (Eschoscholzia glyptosperma)
Emory rock-daisy (Perityle emoryi)
forget-me-not (Cryptantha)
Mojave-aster (Xylorhiza tortifolia)

Aiken Mine Road
Wallace's woolly daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)

Cima Dome
desert paintbrush (Castilleja angustifolia)
red-stemmed filaree (Erodium cicutarium)
turpentine broom (Thamnosma montana)
Wallace's woolly daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)

Devils Playground
desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)
prickly poppy (Argemone corymbosa)


Old Dad Mountains (between Devils Playground and Mojave Rd)
beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris)

Jackass Canyon
beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris)
coyote melon (Cucurbita palmata)
desert chicory (Rafnesquia neomexicana)
desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)

Kelso Depot Area
desert chicory (Rafnesquia neomexicana)
desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)
Fremont pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii)

Kelbaker Road - south of Kelso
bladderpod (Isomeris arborea)

Kelbaker Road - north of Kelso
bladderpod (Isomeris arborea)
desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)
Wallace's woolly daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)

Brannigan Mine Road to Henry Spring
bladderpod (Isomeris arborea)
checker fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata)
chia (Salvia columbariae)
desert chicory (Rafnesquia neomexicana)
desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)
forget-me-not (Cryptantha)
Fremont pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii)purple mat (Nama demissum)
red-stemmed filaree (Erodium cicutarium)
turpentine broom (Thamnosma montana)
Wallace's woolly daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)
Yellow cups (Camissonia brevipes)

 
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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...