Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

Caution


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

Updated: December 5, 2016

This section of road remains closed until further notice.

 

Construction, Delays, and Closures

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
  • 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, high clearance recommended
  • Cedar Canyon Road - Open, high clearance recommended
  • 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 daily, 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.

Campgrounds
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

Phone:

(760) 252-6100

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