• 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.

Water Resources Management Plan

The public comment period has closed.

Written comments may still be submitted to:

Stephanie Dubois, Superintendent

Attention: Water Resources Management Plan

Mojave National Preserve

2701 Barstow Road

Barstow, CA 92311

Mojave National Preserve is a 1.6 million-acre unit of the National Park Service, established by the California Desert Protection Act in 1994. The Act protected a vast landscape of Great Basin, Sonoran, and Mojave desert ecosystems.The Act also specified hunting as a permitted activity within the Preserve.

By 1994, many wells, springs, and seeps had been developed within the Preserve for cattle and game. Six big game guzzlers and numerous small game guzzlers, which intercept and store rainwater for wildlife, had also been built. All of the big game guzzlers and many of the small game guzzlers are in areas now designated wilderness.

Private donors started buying and donating grazing land in 1998. When ranchers left, their troughs, windmills, and pipelines were taken or left in disrepair. Some hunters have called for abandoned wells to be converted to game guzzlers. Conversely, wildlife advocates have pointed out harm to wildlife as a reason for taking guzzlers out.

Mojave National Preserve now manages water sources on a case-by-case basis. The Preserve's general management plan called for an ecosystem-scale Water Resources Management Plan for springs, seeps, water diversions, and artificial water sources to maintain wildlife and groundwater at safe yields; this plan seeks to meet that goal.


Did You Know?

photo of mojave mound cactus bloom

Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 through the California Desert Protection Act. Now managed by the National Park Service, the area was known as the East Mojave Scenic Area, under the Bureau of Land Management.