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Kelso Depot Visitor Center will be closed two days per week

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Date: April 29, 2013
Contact: Linda Slater, 760-252-6122

Kelso Depot Visitor Center will be closed two days per week

BARSTOW, CALIF. – Effective May 8, 2013, Kelso Depot Visitor Center in Mojave National Preserve will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.The Visitor Center will remain open Fridays through Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Mojave National Preserve's Headquarters Information Center at 2701 Barstow Road, Barstow, California, is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. to provide information and assist with trip planning.

Kelso Depot Visitor Center will be closing two days per week due to the impacts of "sequestration" (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts). The park must absorb this funding cut between now and September 30, the end of the federal budget cycle. To reach the new FY13 budget target, the park will be hiring fewer seasonal staff and consequently, will have fewer staff to support visitor services.

Although the Visitor Center will be closed, Mojave National Preserve remains open every day and has no entrance fee. Campgrounds, trails, and other facilities remain open. Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center will be open on weekends when staff or volunteers are available. For more information call 760 252-6100.



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photo of kelso dunes

At about 600 feet in height, Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve are the third tallest in North America. When quantities of the sands move, they sometimes create a booming sound. Run down the slopes to try to make the dunes boom. More...