• 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.

Sand and Mud Driving Tips

  • Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water and emergency supplies.
  • Engage four-wheel drive before entering deep sand or mud.
  • Don't gun the engine - this will spin the tires, dig you in deeper and could bury your vehicle to the frame. Smooth, easy power is better than too much power; use low gearing and just enough throttle to maintain forward movement.
  • If you detect a loss of traction, turn the steering wheel rapidly from side-to-side - this might help generate traction.
  • If your vehicle gets stuck, place solid materials (such as floor mats) under the tires to provide traction.
  • If you're really stuck, it's best to stay with your vehicle. A stationary, stranded vehicle is much easier to locate than a person traveling on foot. Avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day; stay in the shade of your vehicle.

Did You Know?

photo of 4 o'clock bloom

A kaleidoscope of colors envelops the Mojave Desert after a winter of steady rains. Over 250 types of annual wildflowers grow in the Mojave. More...