• Kelso Mountain


    National Preserve California

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  • Lower speed limits are temporarily in effect until road damage can be repaired

    The Superintendent has temporarily reduced the posted speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on all roads within the preserve as road crews work to repair damage from recent heavy rains. Call 760 252-6108 for more information.

  • 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 »

Places To Go

The roads listed below are generally accessible to all vehicles (click here or call 760-252-6100 for current road conditions). Click on each image or the link to learn more about what to see and do.

Cinder Cones National Natural Landmark

Cinder Cones National Natural Landmark.

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Kelbaker Road
A paved road connecting I-15 at Baker, Calif., with I-40, 29 miles east of Fenner, Calif. Features include Cinder Cones National Natural Landmark, Kelso Depot Visitor Center, Kelso Dunes, and the Granite Mountains.

Road signs at Zzyzx, Calif.

Road signs at Zzyzx reflect its colorful past and the optimism of those that came before.

Rob Fulton

Zzyzx Road
A 4-mile long road 6 miles west of Baker, Calif. on I-15 leads to Zzyzx.

Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia jaegeriana)

Joshua trees are abundant along Cima Road.

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Cima Road
A paved road heading south of I-15 to Cima, connecting to Kelso Depot (35 miles south of I-15) via the Kelso-Cima Road. Cima Road passes through the largest, densest Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia jaegeriana) forests in the world.

Banshee Canyon at Hole-in-the-Wall.

Banshee Canyon at Hole-in-the-Wall.

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Black Canyon, Essex & Cedar Canyon Roads
Essex Road is paved and leads from I-40 to Mitchell Caverns, while Black Canyon Road leads from Essex Road to Hole-in-the-Wall. Beyond Hole-in-the-Wall, Black Canyon is a graded dirt road that is generally maintained to be passable for any car. Cedar Canyon Road, connecting Black Canyon to Kelso-Cima Road, is also a graded dirt road, generally maintained for all vehicles.

Ivanpah Mountains at Sunset.

The Ivanpah Mountains at Sunset.

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Nipton, Ivanpah, & Lanfair Roads
Nipton is a paved road leading from I-15 to a private campground, store, and restaurant. Ivanpah Road heads south from Nipton Road, turns into Lanfair Road, and ends at Route 66, connecting to I-95 or I-40. Ivanpah and Lanfair Roads are paved at the north and south ends; the middle 15 miles are graded dirt road. Check road conditions before attempting to cross in a standard passanger vehicle.

Did You Know?

photo of kelso dunes

At about 600 feet in height, Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve are the third tallest in North America. When quantities of the sands move, they sometimes create a booming sound. Run down the slopes to try to make the dunes boom. More...