Alerts & Conditions




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

Updated: July 1, 2016

Call for updates 760 252-6108 (Thursday - Monday); 760 252-6101 (weekdays only).


Construction, Delays, and Closures

Cedar Canyon Road is impassible between Kelso-Cima and Black Canyon Roads. This section of road was washed out due to flash flooding occurring on the night of June 30, 2016.

Kelso-Cima Road experienced flash flooding between mile markers 13 - 15. Although clean-up is underway, running water, mud, and debris may be present on the road, creating hazardous conditions for travelers. Use extreme caution when traveling through this area. High clearance is recommended. Do not attempt to drive through running water.

Cima Road and Black Canyon Road south of Hole-in-the-Wall have mud and debris present on the road, making for potentially hazardous conditions. Use caution.

Kelbaker and Cima Roads are under construction between now and July 31, 2016. Although all paved roads remain open, travelers may experience traffic delays of up to 30 minutes.

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.

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.

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, ongoing construction - expect delays.
  • Kelso-Cima Road - Open, running water and storm debris present. Hazardous conditions between mile markers 13 - 15. Clean-up in progress. Call for updates. (760) 252-6108
  • Cima Road - Open, ongoing construction - expect delays.
  • 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 can 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, high clearance recommended
  • Cedar Canyon Road - Impassible from Kelso-Cima Road to Black Canyon Road.
  • Lanfair Road - Open; high clearance recommended
  • Ivanpah Road - Open; rough road, 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.
Information Centers
Kelso Depot Visitor Center is open Thursday - Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.

Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center: Through June - open Friday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Beginning in July - open Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed Christmas and New Year's Day.

Mitchell Caverns, in Providence Mountains State Recreation Area remains CLOSED until further notice.

Mid-Hills Campground - Open. First-come, first-served only.
Hole-in-the-Wall Campground - Open. The campground may fill on weekends in October - November and March - April, which are the busiest periods. First-come, first-served only.

Black Canyon Group and Equestrian Campground - Open. Reservations required; call (760) 252-6104 for more information.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311


(760) 252-6100

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