• 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.

Desert Studies Center

3 Scenes from the Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx, Calif.
Not your typical classroom (left to right): archaeology students in the field; aerial view of "campus"; Lake Tuendae and Main Building.
Rob Fulton
 

Located within Mojave National Preserve at Zzyzx, Calif., situated among natural ponds, dry lakes, and rugged mountains, the Desert Studies Center (DSC) is a field station of the California State University (CSU). Established in 1976 under a cooperative management agreement with the Bureau of Land Management, the Center is operated for the CSU by the California Desert Studies Consortium, an organization of seven southern California CSU campuses: Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona and San Bernardino.

DSC provides individuals and groups the opportunity to conduct research and receive instruction in a truly world-class desert environment.

Visit DSC's homepage where you can browse their catalog and register for Extended Education Courses offered through the University of California, Riverside Extension.

Did You Know?

photo of 4-wheel drive vehicle exploring Mojave

Mojave National Preserve is a great place to explore by 4-wheel drive vehicle. Over a thousand miles of dirt roads are open for exploration. Driving off-road is not allowed. More...