• Kelso Mountain


    National Preserve California

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  • 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.

  • Watch for storm damage on all roads

    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 »

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 joshua trees

The Joshua tree forest along Cima Road is the largest in the world. Hike the Teutonia Peak trail to get a better look at the Joshua trees. More...