• 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.

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The Mojave Desert Land Trust

Mojave Desert Land Trust
A non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to preserve large natural areas of the Mojave Desert by reducing the number of privately-owned land parcels, called inholdings, within park boundaries. Reducing inholdings decreases fragmentation of the park lands, preserves intact ecosystems, and allows park visitors to utilize more lands within park boundaries.

Since 2006, the Mojave Desert Land Trust has acquired more than 250 inholding parcels totaling 14,000+ acres within the desert national parks—Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park—through purchase or trade. Acquired inholdings are then donated to the National Park Service. More than 1,000 inholdings remain in these three desert parks.

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Mojave National Preserve Conservancy

A new non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the unique natural beauty, ecological integrity, and rich cultural history of Mojave National Preserve; and to building a community dedicated to the enduring stewardship of Mojave National Preserve.

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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...