• 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.

Black Canyon Road & Cedar Canyon Road

Mostly unpaved, the 20-mile Cedar Canyon Road connects Kelso Cima Road in the west with Ivanpah Road in the east, paralleling (and sometimes joining) the historic Mojave Road. Black Canyon Road (unpaved north of Hole-in-the-Wall) connects Cedar Canyon Road with Essex Road, 20 miles to the south.
photo of Rock Springs

For early travelers, historic Rock Spring provided water, but few other comforts.

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Rock Spring Loop Trail
Wayside exhibits, pit toilet, picnic area.

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.

Photo of camper at Mid Hills.

Campers enjoy cooler temperatures and shade at Mid Hills Campground.

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Mid Hills
Campground, trailhead, vault toilets, water. Not recommended for RVs.

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.

Photo of hiker at Hole-in-the-Wall

Hikers enjoy a variety of challenges and experiences at Hole-in-the-Wall.

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Information center, bookstore, campgrounds, picnic area, trailhead, restroom, water, telephone.

Just north of the junction of Black Canyon and the south end of Wild Horse Canyon Roads, rhyolite cliffs riddled with holes and hollows are the backdrop for Hole-in-the-Wall.

Did You Know?

photo of creosotebush

Creosote bush dominates the Mojave Desert landscape, growing on about seventy percent of Mojave Desert lands.