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    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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    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.

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January 15, 2014
Park Seeks Public Comments on Roadway Safety Improvements Project
The National Park Service (NPS) is planning improvements to several sections of road in Mojave National Preserve. Comments on the project will be accepted through February 15, 2014.

June 06, 2013
Scientists search for clues to disease outbreak in bighorn sheep
A National Park Service employee who was inspecting wildlife guzzlers found four desert bighorn dead on Old Dad Mountain, 15 miles southeast of Baker, California, during the week of May 20. The employee also observed other sick animals that appeared to be weak and unsteady with labored breathing. Laboratory analysis of blood and tissue samples taken from one animal indicated that it had pneumonia. This disease may be acquired in desert bighorn populations from domestic sheep or goats and is usually fatal to bighorn.

April 29, 2013
Kelso Depot Visitor Center will be closed two days per week
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. 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).

January 11, 2013
New photography and poetry exhibition opens at Kelso Depot Visitor Center
Mojave National Preserve invites desert travelers to experience the photography of Gabriel Thorburn and the poetry of Russell Thorburn, now on exhibition in the Desert Light Gallery at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center. The exhibit, Many Names Have Never Been Spoken Here, will be showing from January 12 to April 6, 2013.

December 11, 2012
Deadline extended for business opportunity at Kelso
Deadline extended for business opportunity to operate a lunch concession at Kelso Depot Visitor Center, Mojave National Preserve

November 05, 2012
Mojave Cross Land Exchange Completes Settlement Agreement
On Friday, November 2, the National Park Service conveyed a small piece of park land to the California Veterans of Foreign Wars, resolving a longstanding issue over a white cross erected to memorialize American soldiers who died in World War I.

April 24, 2012
Mojave Cross Final Court Agreement
BARSTOW, CA– The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California approved a settlement agreement yesterday 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. The Sunrise Rock parcel will be conveyed to the Veterans Home of California–Barstow, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #385E.

March 08, 2012
Mojave National Preserve seeks comments on state OHV grant applications
Mojave National Preserve seeks comments on state OHV grant applications

January 24, 2012
Public Review Notice - Installation of a Climate Monitoring Station at the OX Ranch Mojave National Preserve
The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the environmental effects of the installation of a climate monitoring station at the OX Ranch in Mojave National Preserve by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Comments may be submitted through February 23, 2011.

September 20, 2011
Scoping Notice – Maintenance Facility at Kelso
The National Park Service (NPS) will be preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for the construction of a maintenance facility at Kelso in Mojave National Preserve. This facility will centralize existing maintenance operations that are currently located at a maintenance yard in Baker, California, at the Kelso Depot, and at Hole-in-the-Wall.

September 20, 2011
Scoping Notice – Installation of a Climate Monitoring Station
The National Park Service (NPS) will be preparing an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the environmental effects of the installation of a climate monitoring station at the OX Ranch in Mojave National Preserve by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

August 29, 2011
Lightning ignites fire in Mojave National Preserve
A lightning strike ignited a fire south of Halloran Summit on Saturday evening.

July 08, 2011
Water Resources Management Plan
Comment period for the Water Resources Management Plan has been extended through August 12, 2011.

March 23, 2011
Mojave National Preserve to Host Spring Community Meeting
Mojave National Preserve’s Acting Superintendent, Lawrence Whalon, will host a spring community meeting at Hole-in-the-Wall Interagency Fire Center on Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 06, 2011
New desert photography exhibition opens at Kelso Depot Visitor Center
No abstract supplied.

February 16, 2011
Environmental Assessment to Re-route the Barber Peak Loop Trail
The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the environmental effects of re-routing Barber Peak Loop Trail outside of Hole-in-the-Wall Campground.

May 20, 2010
Replica Cross Appears at Site of World War I Memorial in Mojave National Preserve
No abstract supplied.

May 11, 2010
Cross Stolen from World War I Memorial in Mojave National Preserve
No abstract supplied.

April 08, 2010
Fire Open House
Mojave National Preserve holds a Community and Fire Open House Meeting on Saturday, April 10th from 10am-2pm, at the Hole-in-the-Wall Fire Center.

February 13, 2010
Public comments sought on implementing safety options at abandoned mines in Mojave National Preserve
The National Park Service has released an Environmental Assessment for proposed safety options at abandoned mine lands to mitigate human and environmental hazards present in the preserve.

January 18, 2010
New art exhibition features photographs by Jim Smart
Mojave National Preserve invites desert travelers to experience the photography of Jim Smart in the Desert Light Gallery at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center. Smart’s exhibit, Mojave: Near & Far, will be showing from January 23 to April 25, 2010.

December 07, 2009
Environmental Awards
Mojave received Environmental Awards for diverting 14,000 tons of asphalt cuttings from a landfill and using the cuttings to pave 4.1 miles of Zzyzx Road.

July 27, 2009
Kelso Depot Visitor Center closed until Friday, July 31
Closed due to a well pump failure and water shortages, Kelso Depot Visitor Center and The Beanery lunch counter are expected to reopen on Friday, July 31.

June 26, 2009
Zzyzx featured in fine art photography exhibit at Kelso Depot Visitor Center
Mojave National Preserve invites desert travelers to experience the photography of Walter Feller at the Desert Light Gallery in Kelso Depot Visitor Center.

April 03, 2009
Beanery lunch counter opens at Kelso Depot Visitor Center
The Beanery lunch counter is open for business at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center in Mojave National Preserve.

March 25, 2009
Colosseum Mine Road closed temporarily
The National Park Service has closed a 1.5-mile section of Colosseum Mine Road to motor vehicle traffic.

March 12, 2009
Kelso Depot Visitor Center hosts fine art photograpy exhibit
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.

March 11, 2009
Public comments are invited for improvements to Rock House and Rock Spring Area
The National Park Service (NPS) has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed visitor education and accessibility improvements at Rock House and Rock Spring in Mojave National Preserve. A thirty-day public comment period is now open.

August 12, 2008
Opening Reception of Photography Exhibit
No abstract supplied.

June 10, 2008
Search is on for lost hiker
National Park Service rangers are working with San Bernardino County Sheriff's officers in the serch for a lost hiker in a remote section of Mojave National Preserve.

May 13, 2008
Mojave National Preserve to host fire center open house
Mojave National Preserve will host its annual public open house at the Hole-in-the-Wll Fire Center on Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

April 18, 2008
U.S. EPA honors environmental efforts at Mojave National Preserve
During the agency's 10th annual Environmental Awards Ceremony in San Francisco on Monday, U.S. EPA Administrator Wayne Nastri presented a plaque to Mojave Natioal Preserve in recognition of efforts to protect and preserve the environment in 2007.

February 12, 2008
Kelso Depot Visitor Center Hosts Fine Art Photography Exhibit
No abstract supplied.

December 04, 2007
Mojave National Preserve Ornament Displayed On White House Christmas Tree
An ornament from Mojave National Preserve is prominently displayed on this year’s official White House Christmas Tree. The tree is the centerpiece of elaborate decorations celebrating the theme of “Holiday in the National Parks.”

October 23, 2007
Clock Club donates clocks and time to Kelso Depot Visitor Center
Chapter 133 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will donate one clock and cleaned and repaired the second, which was donated by the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

September 22, 2007
National Public Lands Day
Mojave National Preserve celebrates National Public Lands Day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a refurbished Rings Trail, a community meeting and a volunteer and employee clean up in Caruthers Canyon.

August 27, 2007
Centennial Initiative
No abstract supplied.

June 13, 2007
Student Conservation Crews Repair Mojave Trails
A student conservation crew will repair the eight mile Mid Hills to Hole-in-the-Wall Trail in June.

June 02, 2007
Mojave National Preserve Seeks Concessionaire for Kelso Depot
Mojave National Preserve is seeking a concessionaire to run the historic lunch counter at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center.

May 26, 2007
Volunteer and Youth Groups Complete Trail Projects
Volunteer Groups and Youth Crews to Complete Trail Projects

May 19, 2007
The National Park Study finds no Significant Impact for Employee Housing at Kessler Springs Ranch
National Park Service Concludes a Finding of No Significant Impact for Employee Housing at Kessler Springs Ranch.

April 24, 2007
Fire and emergency preparedness to be discussed at Open House event
Mojave National Preserve will host a fire preparedness meeting at the Hole-in-the-Wall Fire Center, May 5th from 11:00am-3:00pm.

April 04, 2007
Kelso Depot Concession
The National Park Service is now accepting proposals to operate a lunch counter food service at the historic Kelso Depot Visitor Center within Mojave National Preserve.

January 22, 2007
Mojave National Preserve to host community meeting
Park neighbors and the public are invited to attend a community meeting at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center on Saturday, February 10, 2007.

April 26, 2006
Managing Water for Wildlife
In response to a proposal to convert abandoned ranching wells to wildlife waters, The National Park Service prepared an environmental assessment of the proposal, selecting a science-based alternative for managing water for wildlife.

Did You Know?

photo of rock and Joshua trees

At 1.6 million acres, Mojave National Preserve is the third largest National Park Service area outside of Alaska. Death Valley National Park and Yellowstone National Park rank first and second.