Alerts & Conditions


Road Conditions - November 24, 2019

Paved Roads
Warning: Watch for potholes on all paved roads.
  • Black Canyon Road - Some rough areas, 4WD recommended.
  • Essex Road - Open (no issues reported)
  • Ivanpah Road - Open
  • Kelbaker Road - Open
  • Kelso-Cima Road - Open
  • Cima Road - Open
  • Zzyzx Road - Open
  • Morningstar Mine Road - Open
Dirt Roads
Warning: Most dirt roads in the park require high clearance of 8" or more 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 phone signal is speradic and does not work throughout most of the preserve, 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 - Soft closure due to mud, ruts, and potholes. 4WD recommended.
  • Cedar Canyon Road - Soft closure due to mud, ruts, and potholes. 4WD recommended.
  • Lanfair Road - Open. Rough in places.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open
  • Aiken Mine Road - Open; high clearance recommended
  • Wildhorse Canyon Road - Open, 4WD, high clearance required
  • Macedonia Canyon Road - Open, inaccessible from Kelso-Cima Road
  • Mojave Road - Open through most of route. High clearance 8" 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.
When traveling to the preserve via I-15 or I-40 check the Caltrans Highway Information Service for up-to-the-minute conditions at 1-800-427-7623.


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Last updated: November 24, 2019

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