• 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.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Storm clouds over the high desert
Storm clouds over the high desert.
NPS Photo
 
Mojave National Preserve is always open. Information centers maintain regular hours of operation.
 

Mojave Desert experiences change with the seasons.

  • Infrequent winter snows sparkle on the mountains.
  • With enough moisture, spring wildflowers carpet the desert with vivid colors.
  • Summers are hot, so adventurers head for the higher elevations such as Mid-Hills and the New York Mountains.
  • The cooler temperatures of fall mark hunting season.


 
MOJA Temps and Precip.

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.