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.
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 »
4-Wheel Drive Routes
Before beginning any adventure, four-wheel drivers should ensure that their vehicle is in good condition: check tires, oil, and gas gauge. For emergencies, carry tools, tire jack, towrope, extra water, and fluids for your vehicle. Carry a good map; do not depend upon GPS navigation devices.
Rules of the Road
Off-pavement travel is allowed only on existing, open dirt roads. Do not travel cross-country or create new routes. This rule is strictly enforced; violators will receive citations. Driving in washes is not permitted. Watch for and respect Wilderness Boundary signs; motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed in designated Wilderness Areas.
Aiken Mine Road to the Lava Tube
Continue walking up the road on foot for 300 yards. Watch for a short, trail off to the right leading up onto the dark basalt rock. The trail ends at a hole with a ladder in it. This is the entrance to the lava tube.
A network of dirt roads lead to several abandoned mine and town sites. Exit I-15 at Cima Road or Yates Well use a map to navigate a maze of unmaintained dirt roads.
From the intersection of Ivanpah and Morning Star Mine roads, drive 21 miles southeast on Ivanpah Road. Turn west on New York Mountain Road and continue for about 4.5 miles to a four-way intersection. Turn north and follow the road up into Caruthers Canyon.
Did You Know?
A kaleidoscope of colors envelops the Mojave Desert after a winter of steady rains. Over 250 types of annual wildflowers grow in the Mojave. More...