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08-31-2023 Mojave National Preserve Partially Reopens

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The Kelso Dunes and the outdoor area of the Kelso Depot are now open and accessible to visitors

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News Release Date: August 31, 2023

Contact: Sierra Willoughby, 760-221-5310

Contact: Mojave National Preserve, 760-252-6100

KELSO, Calif. – Mojave National Preserve will partially reopen by 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1. Areas that will open include South Kelbaker Road, Kelso Cima Road, Morning Star Road and a portion of Ivanpah Road between Morning Star Mine and Nipton Roads.

Roads that remain closed include Ivanpah Road, Lanfair Road, Essex Road, Black Canyon Road, Cedar Canyon Road, and North Kelbaker between Kelso and Baker. All unimproved and backcountry roads such as  Mojave Road are closed.  

In addition, Black Canyon group site, Hole-in-the-Wall, and Mid Hills campgrounds will be closed. The Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center will also remain closed until repairs can be made on the damaged roof, and the washed-out roads leading to the campgrounds. Hurricane Hilary impacted Mojave National Preserve and surrounding region with historic heavy rainfall and strong winds on Aug. 20.

 “Mojave National Preserve road crews have been working long hours, including weekends since the hurricane incident to clear and repair roadways and facilities,” said Acting Superintendent Debra Hughson. “It is estimated it may take a few more weeks before all facilities can be safely open.”

Anyone planning on visiting or driving through the preserve can view the latest conditions, closure maps of preserve roads and facilities at

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Last updated: August 31, 2023

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