Alerts & Conditions


The following precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Kelso Depot Visitor Center Museum, Hole in the Wall Information Center, and Barstow contact station are closed.
  • Dispersed camping is permitted in approved areas, and with no more than 9 people per group.
  • Hole in the Wall, Mid Hills and Black Canyon Group and Equestrian campgrounds are closed.
  • Zzyzx Desert Research Facility and day use area is closed to visitors.
  • Park Rangers and NPS Staff who are working in the Mojave Preserve will maintain social distancing of six feet or more.
  • Mojave National Preserve is working to ensure the safety of our employees and visitors as much as possible by following current guidelines from the CDC and California Department of Health.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @MojaPres for updates.
  • Normal rules and regulations continue to apply.

National Park Service Public Health Service Officers Recommend that Everyone Should Take the Following Routine Precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.

  • In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.

  • Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.

Follow this web page for the latest public health updates from the National Park Service:

Road Conditions - Updated March 25, 2020

Paved Roads

Warning: Watch for potholes on all paved roads.

  • Black Canyon Road - Open, northern section rough. Drive with caution.

  • Essex Road - Open

  • Ivanpah Road - Open, large potholes. 4WD recommended.

  • Kelbaker Road - Open

  • Kelso-Cima Road - Open

  • Cima Road - Open

  • Zzyzx Road - Temporarily Closed

  • Morningstar Mine Road - Open

Dirt Roads

Warning: Many dirt roads in the Preserve require high clearance of 8" or more and 4-wheel drive. Road conditions can change quickly. Cell phone service is unreliable throughout most of Mojave National Preserve. Check with a Ranger for 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, northern section rough. Drive with caution.

  • Cedar Canyon Road - Open, very muddy. 4WD recommended.

  • 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, 4WD, high clearance required

  • 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: March 25, 2020

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Barstow, CA 92311


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