Lower speed limits are temporarily in effect until road damage can be repaired
The Superintendent has temporarily reduced the posted speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on all roads within the preserve as road crews work to repair damage from recent heavy rains. Call 760 252-6108 for more information.
Watch for storm damage on all roads
Recent storms have caused flash flooding and damage to roads. Reduce speed and use caution when traveling through the park after storms. Call 760-252-6100 or 760-252-6108 for updates. Check our Current Conditions page for information on specific roads. More »
Volunteer and Youth Groups Complete Trail Projects
Contact: Linda Slater, (760) 252-6122
Improvements to three park trails are currently underway at Mojave National Preserve. Several youth crews and volunteer groups are providing the labor for the projects.
The first trail work was completed in April. A Volunteer Vacations crew organized through the American Hiking Society improved the Rings Loop Trail at Hole-in-the-Wall. “The Rings Trail is one of the most popular trails in the park,” said Volunteer Coordinator Chris Mills, “but it wasn’t very long. This project extended that trail into a mile loop by circling the nearby hillside.” The Volunteer Vacations crew members came from across America and Canada, and donated their time as a way of “giving back” for the hiking adventures they enjoy on public lands.
California Conservation Corps (CCC) members are now working on the Piute Canyon Trail, which passes by the ruins of FortPiute and through beautiful Piute Gorge. The California Conservation Corps helps improve the lives and prospects of thousands of 18 to 25 year old Californians every year while they work conservation and safety projects.
Later this summer, a Student Conservation Association (SCA) High School Crew, funded by a generous grant from NatureValley, will spend four weeks this summer repairing the Mid Hills to Hole-in-the-Wall Trail. Damaged by the 2005 Hackberry Fire and flash floods, the trail connects the park’s two campgrounds. The SCA program provides opportunities for high school and college students to volunteer their time on public lands across the country. “Volunteering through programs such as the Student Conservation Association is a great way to enjoy the outdoors as well as explore job options” said Mills.
Mojave National Preserve has an active Volunteers-in-Parks program participating in both group projects and as individuals. Last year 153 people donated more than 9000 hours toward a variety of park projects. Volunteers assist with staffing visitor centers, presenting educational programs, performing maintenance, completing office work, working as campground hosts, and researching or surveying natural and cultural resources. For more information on volunteering in national parks, please visit www.nps.gov/volunteer, or call VIP Coordinator Chris Mills at 760-252-6123.
Did You Know?
The railroad town of Kelso in Mojave National Preserve was named in 1905 by railroad construction workers. Two men placed their names in a hat, along with that of a third who had just moved away. The name drawn from the hat was that of John H. Kelso, the man absent from the drawing. More...