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.
Black Canyon Road & Cedar Canyon Road
Rock Spring Loop Trail
This 1-mile loop trail starts at Bert Smith's Rock House and passes by Rock Spring. Wayside exhibits describe the history of Mojave Indian use and the United States Army. Located on Cedar Canyon Road, 5 miles east of the intersection with Black Canyon Road (or 10 miles west of the intersection with Lanfair Road) a signed turn-off leads south to the trailhead and parking area.
About 2 miles west of Black Canyon Road at the north end of Wild Horse Canyon Road, Mid Hills supports pinyon-juniper woodland habitat. The effects of a fire that swept through the area in June 2005 are still evident, although several campsites in the popular campground still contain shady stands of pinyon pine and juniper.
Did You Know?
Creosote bush dominates the Mojave Desert landscape, growing on about seventy percent of Mojave Desert lands.