• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    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.

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 rock and Joshua trees

At 1.6 million acres, Mojave National Preserve is the third largest National Park Service area outside of Alaska. Death Valley National Park and Yellowstone National Park rank first and second.