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.
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:
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?
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.