• 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.

White Cross World War I Memorial

Litigation regarding the cross on Sunrise Rock:

US Supreme Court Ruling of April 28, 2010

The history of the case is described in the Petition submitted to the US Supreme Court in October 2008.


On April 23, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California approved a settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union to exchange an acre of land at Sunrise Rock for a donated parcel of equal value.

On November 2, 2012, the Sunrise Rock parcel was conveyed to the California Veterans of Foreign Wars.In accordance with the settlement agreement, the National Park Service has installed a fence around the parcel with signs indicating that the plot is private property. Two entrance areas remain unfenced to allow public access, also required by the settlement. The National Park Service installed a plaque on Sunrise Rock describing this memorial commemorating American war veterans.

The Mojave Cross at Sunrise Rock received Congressional recognition in 2002 and is officially known as the White Cross World War I Memorial.

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