• 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.

Where the Wildflowers Are

In spring and early summer, this list is updated with wildflower observations by both National Park Service staff and visitors. If you would like to contribute, please email us with your wildflower sightings. Be sure to let us know what you saw (common name and/or scientific name), where you saw it (nearby roads, mile markers, landmarks, etc.), when you saw it, and any other information you feel might be useful to others.


Wildflower Observations

March 26, 2014

Desert dandelion are abundant on Kelso Dunes Road, KelbakerRoad south of Kelso, and Kelso Cima Road. Desert lilies seem to be especiallyabundant this year. There is a good patch one mile south of Kelso on KelbakerRoad, as well as in Jackass Canyon and sandy areas around Cowhole Mountain.Verbina are beginning to bloom along Cedar Canyon Road. Blooms have also beenreported along the east boundary near Homer Mountain.

Here's a list of flowers blooming along the powerline roadthrough Foshay Pass:
globe mallow
Mojave aster
white wooly daisy
desert dandelion
Indian paintbrush
beavertail cactus
golden primrose

March 15, 2014: Kelbaker Road

Desert lily (Hesperocallisundulata)
Fremont pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii)
Desertchicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana)
Cryptantha spp
Spectaclepod (Dithyrea californica)
DesertAlyssum (Lepidium fremontii)
Brown-eyedprimrose (Chylismia claviformis)
Eveningprimrose (Oenothera californica)
Duneevening primrose (Oenothera deltoides)
Pricklypoppy (Argemone corymbosa)
Eveningsnow (Linanthus dichotomus)
Indiantobacco (Nicotiana quadrivalvis)
Desertmarigold (Baileya multiradiata)
Brittlebush(Encelia farinosa)
Wallace's woolly daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)
Desert sunflower(Geraea canescens)
Desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)
Checker fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata)
Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea var. angustata)
Golden evening primrose (Chylismia brevipes)
Yellow evening primrose(Oenothera primiveris –not sure which subspp)
Desert gold-poppy (Eschscholzia; either E.glyptosperma or E. minutiflora,or both)
Desert trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum var. inflatum)
Creosote bush (Larreatridentata)
Desert Canterbury bell (Phacelia campanularia)
Notch-leaved Phacelia (Phacelia crenulata)
Lace-leaf Phacelia (Phacelia distans)
Lupinus spp
Chia (Salviacolumbariae)
Cooper's broom-rape (Orobanche cooperi) – I've never seen so much before
Turpentine broom (Thamnosma Montana)
Gooding's Verbena (Verbena gooddingii)
Purple mat (Namademissum)
Nipple cactus (Opuntiabasilaris)
Beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris)
Red-stemmed filaree (Erodium cicutarium)
Wild rhubarb (Rumexhymenosepalus)
Desert mallow (Sphaeralceaambigua)

March 9, 2014: Kelso Dunes, Kelso Dunes Road, and Kelbaker Road just north of Kelso Dunes Road

desert dandelion
Fremont pincushion
white tackstem
wild rhubarb
dunes evening primrose
broad-flowered gilia
narrow-leaved popcorn flower
bladder pod
globe mallow
desert trumpet
little gold poppy
checker fiddlehead
Coulter's lupine
Wallace wooly daisy

Did You Know?

photo of rock and Joshua trees

At 1.6 million acres, Mojave National Preserve is the third largest National Park Service area outside of Alaska. Death Valley National Park and Yellowstone National Park rank first and second.