• 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.

Group Camping

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...

Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground
While the campgrounds at Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall accomodate a maximum of 8 people and 2 vehicles, the Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground (located across the road from Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center) is ideal for larger groups. Camping here will help minimize unnecessary damage to natural resources.

Group campsite: Vault toilets, trash receptacles, potable water, fire ring, grill, picnic shelter with tables.
Equestrian campsite: Corrals, vault toilets, trash receptacles, potable water, fire ring, grill.

$25 per group per night.

Required; call 760 928-2572 or 760 252-6104

Other Group Camping Options
Groups of at least 7 vehicles (or 7 horses) or 15 people require a Special Use Permit for roadside vehicle camping or backcountry camping. Groups this size or larger that are registered in the Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground (see above), using only the campground facilities, do not need a permit.

Did You Know?

photo of deer hunters

Park or preserve? Like other parks with the designation of "national preserve," Mojave National Preserve is managed under the same guidelines as national parks. The main difference is that hunting is allowed in national preserves, but not in national parks.