Basic Information

Mojave Desert experiences change with the seasons. In winter, freezing temperatures and strong winds can be expected, with rain and snow in the mountains. With enough moisture, spring wildflowers may carpet the desert floor with vivid colors. Summers are hot, and temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit are typical. In summer, adventurers head for the higher elevations such as Mid-Hills and the New York Mountains. The cooler temperatures of fall mark hunting season.

Entrance Fees:

Mojave Entrance Fee - $0.00

Mojave National Preserve does not charge a fee to enter the park

Entrance Passes:

Mojave Park Pass - $0.00

Mojave does not charge a fee to enter the park

Kelso Depot Visitor Center

Originally opened in 1924 as a train station, Kelso Depot was renovated and reopened in 2005 as the Visitor Center for Mojave National Preserve. Former dormitory rooms contain exhibits describing the cultural and natural history of the surrounding desert. The baggage room, ticket office and two dormitory rooms have been furnished to illustrate life as it was in the depot during the first half of the twentieth century. A 20-minute orientation film is shown in the theater.

Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center

Basic orientation, as well as a 12-minute film about the preserve.

Barstow Headquarters

Basic orientation


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Be Prepared
Though beautiful, the desert environment can be harsh and unforgiving. Being prepared is the key to a safe and fun desert adventure.

  • Always keep an ample supply of water with you while traveling through the park, whether driving or hiking. We recommend a minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day; hikers and cyclists should carry two gallons per person, per day.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during times of extreme heat.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
Remember, your safety is your responsibility.

Last updated: May 3, 2016

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Mailing Address:

2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311


(760) 252-6100

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