Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

Park Closure

Caution


 
Map of Mojave Rd bypass route
Map showing planned road closure and possible detour.

Updated: February 21, 2017

This section of road remains closed until further notice.

 

Construction, Delays, and Closures

Intermittent closures for track upgrades on the Union Pacific Railroad line will affect travelers through the park on multiple roads. The current schedule for closures are as follows:

Cedar Canyon Road crossing near Kelso Cima Road
Closed March 1st and March 5th
Kelbaker Road crossing at Kelso Cima Road (Kelso, CA)

Closed March 2nd to March 5th
Ivanpah Road crossing (9 miles south of Nipton Road) Closed March 18th, 19th, and 22nd

The unaffected portions of these roads will remain open. However, when closures are in affect visitors will be unable to continue driving past the closure point and will have to turn around. Alternate routes are suggested. Click here for more infomation and suggested alternative routes.

There is currently no access to Death Valley Mine by way of the unpaved extension of Cima Road east of Kelso-Cima Road as Union Pacific Railroad crews are rehabilitating the section of track that crosses this road. Access is expected to be restored on March 1st.

A 13.8 mile section of Mojave Road between Ivanpah Road and Fort Piute has been temporarily CLOSED due to unsafe conditions resulting from recent storm damage. A 29 mile bypass route is recommended.

The eastbound Essex Road exit from Interstate 40 may be CLOSED due to ongoing road work. The westbound exit remains open. A detour is available and directs visitors to travel to the next exit to the east and then get back on Interstate 40 westbound to exit at Essex Road.

 
Road Conditions
Paved Roads
Warning: Watch for potholes on all paved roads.
  • Black Canyon Road - Open
  • Essex Road - Open
  • Ivanpah Road - Open
  • Kelbaker Road - Open
  • Kelso-Cima Road - Open
  • Cima Road - Open
  • Zzyzx Road - Open
Dirt Roads
Warning: Most dirt roads in the park require high clearance and 4-wheel drive and some knowledge of driving on rough dirt, gravel and 4-wheel drive roads. Road conditions can change quickly and cell phones do not work throughout most of the park, so do not rely on them. Check with a Ranger on vehicle requirements and conditions on the specific roads you plan to travel before you leave the pavement!
  • Kelso Dunes Road - Open to all vehicles
  • Black Canyon Road - Open, muddy. 4-wheel drive and high clearance recommended
  • Cedar Canyon Road - Open, muddy. 4-wheel drive and high clearance recommended
  • Lanfair Road - Open; high clearance recommended
  • Ivanpah Road - Open; rough road, muddy. 4-wheel drive and high clearance recommended
  • Aiken Mine Road - Open; high clearance recommended
  • Wildhorse Canyon Road - Open; high clearance and 4-wheel drive recommended
  • Macedonia Canyon Road - Open; high clearance recommended
  • Mojave Road - Open through most of route. Barricaded portion near Fort Piute; high clearance and 4-wheel drive recommended
    • Soda Lake may be impassable after rains - even to 4-wheel drive vehicles. Call Kelso Depot at (760) 252-6108 for the latest conditions.
    • A 13.8 mile section of Mojave Road between Ivanpah Road and Fort Piute is temporarily closed due to significant damage from recent storms. A 29 mile detour is suggested.
When traveling to the park via I-15 or I-40 check the Caltrans Highway Information Service for up-to-the-minute conditions at 1-800-427-7623.
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

Phone:

(760) 252-6100

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