• Kelso Mountain


    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.

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 joshua trees

The Joshua tree forest along Cima Road is the largest in the world. Hike the Teutonia Peak trail to get a better look at the Joshua trees. More...