• 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.

  • 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 »

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 mojave mound cactus bloom

Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 through the California Desert Protection Act. Now managed by the National Park Service, the area was known as the East Mojave Scenic Area, under the Bureau of Land Management.