Alerts & Conditions


Road Conditions - Updated January 30, 2020

Paved Roads
Warning: Watch for potholes on all paved roads.
  • Black Canyon Road - Open, potholes.
  • Essex Road - Open (no issues reported)
  • Ivanpah Road - Open, large potholes. 4WD recommended.
  • 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 - Open - muddy, rough.
  • Cedar Canyon Road - Open - muddy , rough.
  • Lanfair Road - Open, muddy with large potholes.
  • Ivanpah Road - Open, muddy with large potholes.
  • 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. Soda Lake currently very rough. High clearance of 8" and 4-wheel drive recommended.
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: January 30, 2020

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