• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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  • Lower speed limits are temporarily in effect until road damage can be repaired

    The Superintendent has temporarily reduced the posted speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on all roads within the preserve as road crews work to repair damage from recent heavy rains. Call 760 252-6108 for more information.

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    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 »

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 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...