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 »
Public comments sought on implementing safety options at abandoned mines in Mojave National Preserve
Contact: Danette Woo, 760 252-6107
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes implementing safety options at abandoned mine lands in Mojave National Preserve. The purpose of this project is to mitigate human and environmental hazards present at the Preserve.
This action is needed to; improve visitor and staff safety at Mojave while accommodating the use of the abandoned mine land sites by wildlife (principally bats), minimize impacts on historic fabric and the visual character of the historic landscape, and minimize potential adverse effects on natural resources using mitigation measures.
The EA examines two alternatives: no action and the National Park Service (NPS) preferred alternative. The preferred alternative includes installing a variety of abandoned mine safety techniques, such as metal grates, fencing (permanent or temporary), bat gates and cupolas, cable mesh nets, foam plugs covered with backfill, or back-filling alone, in multiple mine openings at Mojave. A variety of safety techniques would be implemented by the National Park Service either individually, or in combination under alternative B.
Comments must be received no later than February 22, 2010. Public comment may be submitted online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/moja. Click on the Open For Comments link at the top of the page. If you do not have website access, you may direct comments regarding this project to the park in writing by mail or hand delivery to:
Mojave National Preserve
2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
Did You Know?
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...