• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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  • Kelbaker Road Closed North of Kelso Depot

    Kelbaker Road is closed north of Kelso Depot due to large areas of debris and sections of washed out pavement. Flooding and debris may be present on other roads in and near the Preserve. Check our Current Conditions page for more information. More »

  • 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.

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Did You Know?

photo of detail on Kelso Depot.

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...