• 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.


Map showing location of Mojave National Preserve.

Directions to Mojave National Preserve
located east of Barstow, Calif., between I-15 and I-40.
From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, Calif., or Zyzyx Road, Cima Road, or Nipton Road.

From I-40:
Exit Kelbaker Road, Essex Road, or Goffs Road.

Directions to Kelso Depot Visitor Center

From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, Calif., and drive south 34 miles to Kelso Depot.

From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road (28 miles east of Ludlow, Calif.) and drive north 22 miles to Kelso Depot.

Directions to Hole-in-the-Wall
From I-40: Exit Essex Road and drive north 10 miles to the junction with Black Canyon Road. Hole-in-the-Wall is 10 miles north on Black Canyon Road.


LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) is located 140 miles southwest of the preserve.

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) is located 60 miles northeast of the preserve.

Did You Know?

photo of creosotebush

Creosote bush dominates the Mojave Desert landscape, growing on about seventy percent of Mojave Desert lands.