• 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.

Camping

Mojave National Preserve is a camper’s paradise. Developed campgrounds, roadside camping, and backpacking offer opportunities for individuals and groups of diverse ages, interests, and skills. 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...

Click here (PDF, 540 KB) for printable information about camping in Mojave National Preserve.

Campgrounds
Two developed, "family" campgrounds—the Mid Hills Campground and Hole-in-the-Wall Campground—are available year-round, equipped with vault toilets, trash receptacles, potable water, fire rings and picnic tables.
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Group Camping
Group size limits are in place for camping in campgrounds or in the backcountry. The Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground, however, can accomodate most groups, while permits may be required for backcountry use.
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Roadside Camping
Roadside vehicle camping is permitted in areas that have been traditionally used for this purpose. By reusing existing sites, you help protect the desert from further damage.
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Backpacking
Backpackers will enjoy sweeping views, solitude, nearly 700,000 acres of designated wilderness, and a truly dark nighttime canopy of countless stars.
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Camping with Horses
Horses (and their riders) are welcome at Mojave National Preserve! Enjoy the Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground, or head-out into open country.
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Did You Know?

photo of rattlesnake

The venom of the Mojave rattlesnake is extremely toxic and causes more respiratory distress than that of any other North American rattlesnake. Due to its unique hue, it is known locally as the Mojave green.