Alerts & Conditions


Road Conditions - July 5, 2019

Paved Roads
Warning: Watch for potholes on all paved roads.
  • Black Canyon Road - Open, may become muddy after rain in sections. Causion is advised.
  • Essex Road - Open (no issues reported)
  • Ivanpah Road - Partially closed, see above notice of closure
  • 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, may become muddy after rain in sections. Causion in these cases is advised.
  • Cedar Canyon Road - Open
  • Lanfair Road - Open. Drivers are cautioned that roadway is rough in places
  • Ivanpah Road - Partially closed, see above
  • 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.
Current weather and forecasts:
Temperatures thois weekend will rise rapidly to above normal levels by Thursday and Friday. This could lead to an increasing risk of heat related impacts. Below are other temperatures in the desert area:
Kingman 98 to 103
Las Vegas 105 to 109
Mesquite 107 to 111
Death Valley 119 to 121
Baker CA 109 to 112
There is an outside chance that monsoon moisture will reach areas southeast of I-15 late in the week; if it does not, temperatures could climb even higher.


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Last updated: July 11, 2019

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