• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    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.

Campgrounds

Careful planning and knowledge of camping guidelines and regulations will help ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for you, future visitors, and the fragile desert environment...

Note: Campsites at the Mid Hills Campground and Hole-in-the-Wall Campground accomodate a maximum of 8 people with 2 vehicles (including a camping unit—i.e., trailer, motor home, converted van, etc.). Larger groups wishing to camp in a developed campground should consider the Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground (reservations required).
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Campers at Hole-in-the-Wall Campground

Friends and family enjoy the spectacular setting of Hole-in-the-Wall Campground.

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Hole-in-the-Wall Campground

Facilities
Pit toilets, trash receptacles, potable water, fire rings, pinic tables, dump station; no utility hookups.

Fees
$12 per site per night, $6 for America the Beautiful Senior/Access Pass holders.

Reservations
Not accepted; Campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis.

At 4,400 feet in elevation, Hole-in-the-Wall Campground is surrounded by sculptured volcanic rock walls and makes a great basecamp for hikers. Thirty-five campsites accommodate RVs and tents; two walk-in sites are also available.

 
Camping at Mid Hills

While some campsites burned in the 2005 Hackberry Fire, many are still shaded by pinyon and juniper trees.

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Mid Hills Campground

Facilities
Pit toilets, trash receptacles, potable water, fire rings, picnic tables; no dump station or utility hookups.

Fees
$12 per site per night, $6 for America the Beautiful Senior/Access Pass holders.

Reservations
Not accepted; Campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis

The Hackberry Fire swept through the Mid Hills area in June 2005, burning much of the vegetation. About half of the 26 campsites were left unburned, however—they remain surrounded by pinyon pine and juniper trees. At 5,600 feet in elevation, Mid Hills is much cooler than the desert floor below. The access road is unpaved and is not recommended for motorhomes or trailers.

Did You Know?

photo of 4 o'clock bloom

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...