• 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.

  • 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 »

Plan Your Visit


Mojave National Preserve is vast. At 1.6 million acres, it is the third largest unit of the National Park System in the contiguous United States. While you won't be able to experience it all in a single visit, taking the time to plan ahead will ensure a safe and rewarding adventure.

And remember: you can always come back...


Using GPS Navigation
GPS Navigation in remote locations like Mojave National Preserve is notoriously unreliable. GPS maps aren't always up to date and sometimes lead travelers onto primitive or 4 -wheel drive roads that they are unprepared for. Travelers should always carry up-to-date road maps to check the accuracy of GPS directions. Use common sense before heading down a primitive dirt road in the desert. Do not depend only on your vehicle or other GPS navigation system.


Use Google Earth to Explore Mojave National Preserve

Explore Mojave National Preserve with "Google Earth" files to see roads and places.

First make sure you have the free software "Google Earth" installed on your computer. Then, simply double click on Roads or Places. Road conditions vary tremendously, so check with a ranger for current road information. Call (760) 252-6108, or on weekdays, 760 252-6101.

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...