• 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 »

Nipton, Ivanpah, & Lanfair Roads

Eleven miles south of Primm, Nev., Nipton Road begins at I-15 and passes through Nipton, Calif., 11 miles east. Ivanpah Road (only the 10 northernmost miles paved) heads southeast of Nipton Road, through the Ivanpah and Lanfair valleys, eventually connecting with the paved Lanfair Road and the Fenner Valley. Together stretching 46 miles, Ivanpah and Lanfair roads connect the northern preserve boundary (bordering Nipton Road) with the southern near Goffs, Calif.
photo of Hotel Nipton

Hotel Nipton, built in 1910.


Hotel Nipton
Privately-operated hotel and store.

Built in 1910, this charming hotel on the preserve's northern boundary reflects the railroad, ranching, and mining history of the small community at Nipton.

photo of rainbow over the desert

Lanfair Valley: rich in both history and natural beauty.

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Lanfair Valley
No signs or services.

South of the New York Mountains along Ivanpah and Lanfair roads, this high valley shelters an impressive Joshua tree forest and was an early ranching and homesteading center. From 1893 until 1923, the Nevada Southern Railway ran up the valley from Goffs, Calif., providing services to homesteaders and ranchers in the valley and to miners in the mountains beyond. While little evidence remains of the homesteads that once dotted the valley, tracts of private property still exist. Please respect the rights of landowners.

New York Mountains above Caruthers Canyon.

The New York Mountains have provided shelter for many plant species in Caruthers Canyon.

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Caruthers Canyon
Primitive camping, hiking, no signs or services.

About 5.5 miles west of Ivanpah Road on New York Mountains Road, then 2.7 miles north on an unsigned road, Caruthers Canyon is located in the rugged New York Mountains. Surrounded by mountains rising over 7,500 feet, a botanical "island" of chaparral plants remains from wetter times of the past. High clearance and four-wheel drive recommended.

Did You Know?

photo of detail on Kelso Depot.

The railroad town of Kelso in Mojave National Preserve was named in 1905 by railroad construction workers. Two men placed their names in a hat, along with that of a third who had just moved away. The name drawn from the hat was that of John H. Kelso, the man absent from the drawing. More...