Kelbaker Road Closed North of Kelso Depot
Kelbaker Road is closed north of Kelso Depot due to large areas of debris and sections of washed out pavement. Flooding and debris may be present on other roads in and near the Preserve. Check our Current Conditions page for more information. More »
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.
Kelso Depot Visitor Center hosts fine art photograpy exhibit
Contact: Linda Slater, 760 252-6122
Contact: Bob Killen, 714-521-5229
Mojave National Preserve invites desert travelers to experience Bob Killen’s latest photographic art exhibition, Frictionsmooth, in the Desert Light Gallery at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center. This is the second collection of prints in Killen’s Back to Loneliness series featuring various geographic sections of Mojave National Preserve.
Frictionsmooth explores the desert’s stillness and magical light as it unites the smooth surfaces of Soda Lake and the friction of the nearby cinder cones and lava beds. Killen’s cinematic style, reflective of his commercial editorial work, applies a fine art edge to the saturated hues produced by the interplay of weather, lighting, and atmosphere on desert plants and landforms.
“The Mojave Desert has always been an inspiration for writers, photographers, and other artists,” said Linda Slater, Chief, Resource Interpretation & Outreach for Mojave National Preserve. “Our series of art exhibitions in the Desert Light Gallery exposes visitors to fresh interpretations and often ignites a renewed appreciation of our landscape.”
Limited-edition prints of Bob Killen’s work will be available at the Western National Parks Association bookstore inside the Kelso Depot Visitor Center. Proceeds from print sales will fund additional projects aimed at promoting the understanding and enjoyment of Mojave National Preserve.
The Frictionsmooth exibition runs from March 15th to June 15th at Kelso Depot Visitor Center. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily. The Kelso Depot Visitor Center is 34 miles south of Interstate 15 on Kelbaker Road—exit at Baker, Calif.
Did You Know?
Park or preserve? Like other parks with the designation of "national preserve," Mojave National Preserve is managed under the same guidelines as national parks. The main difference is that hunting is allowed in national preserves, but not in national parks.