• 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.

Search is on for lost hiker

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Date: June 10, 2008
Contact: Linda Slater, 760 252-6122

National Park Service rangers are working with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officers in the search for a lost hiker in a remote section of Mojave National Preserve. 

A 67 year old woman became separated from her 64 year old male hiking companion on the afternoon of Saturday June 7 while hiking in Piute Canyon, about 40 miles northwest of Needles, California. 

Her companion reported her missing on Sunday evening.  Rangers and Sheriff’s officers, utilizing a county helicopter, began searching on Sunday night. The search continued all day on Monday. About twenty searchers combed the canyons and ridges around Piute Springs, and a Sheriff’s helicopter was in the air for much of the day.  

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Office is leading the investigation, while National Park Service rangers and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officers are co-managing the search.  The missing woman is a 67 year old female of Filipino descent. She was last seen wearing a white long-sleeved blouse, denim shorts, white tennis shoes and a denim “San Luis Obispo” ball cap.


Did You Know?

photo of deer hunters

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.