• 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.

  • 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 »

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 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...