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.
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 »
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.
May 2, 2014
Although past its peak, globe mallow continues to bloom in profusion along Black Canyon and Cedar Canyon Roads in the Mid Hills Area. Many species are blooming at the Rock House and Rock Spring area. Desert senna are blooming in profusion along Kelbaker Road between I-15 and Kelso.
April 25, 2014
April 20, 2014
Several species of cacti are blooming along the Teutonia Peak Trail and in the area near Cima Dome. Among those blooming are numerous Mojave Mound and Beavertail. Indian paintbrush and evening primrose are also blooming in the area. Palmer's penstemon can be found along Cima Road north of Teutonia Peak.
March 26, 2014
Desert dandelion are abundant on Kelso Dunes Road, KelbakerRoad south of Kelso, and Kelso Cima Road. Desert lilies seem to be especially abundant this year. There is a good patch one mile south of Kelso on Kelbaker Road, as well as in Jackass Canyon and sandy areas around Cowhole Mountain. Verbena are beginning to bloom along Cedar Canyon Road. Blooms have also been reported along the east boundary near Homer Mountain.
Here's a list of flowers blooming along the powerline roadthrough Foshay Pass:
March 15, 2014: Kelbaker Road
Desert lily (Hesperocallisundulata)
March 9, 2014: Kelso Dunes, Kelso Dunes Road, and Kelbaker Road just north of Kelso Dunes Road
Did You Know?
Creosote bush dominates the Mojave Desert landscape, growing on about seventy percent of Mojave Desert lands.