Emergency Contacts

  • Interagency Dispatch for Mojave National Preserve: (909) 383-5651
  • California Highway Patrol: 911

Helpful Safety Tips

Being prepared is the key to a safe and fun desert adventure:

  • Always keep an ample supply of water with you while traveling through the park, whether driving or hiking. We recommend a minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day; hikers and cyclists should carry two gallons per person, per day.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during times of extreme heat.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Be prepared for extreme heat in the summer and snow and ice in the winter.

Hikers checklist:

  • Wear a hat and sturdy shoes.
  • Plan your route and carry a good map
  • Use sunscreen
  • Carry plenty of water, a gallon or more per person per day in hot weather.
  • Bring extra clothing and a flashlight for after sunset.

Off-Pavement Travel

Travelers should take extra precautions when driving through the desert, especially if you plan to travel on dirt roads:

  • Let someone know your trip route, destination, and return date, vehicle make and license plate. Cell phone coverage is sporatic.
  • Take a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day (two gallons if you are hiking during hot weather), and drink it freely. Carry extra drinking water for emergencies.
  • Carry plenty of food, sunscreen, proper clothing, and a first aid kit with you at all times.
  • Carry emergency tools inlcluding spare tires, a tire inflator, and a tire preasure gage to release air from your tires.
  • Lower tire preasure to 20 PSI or less when stuck in the sand.
Click here to learn more off-pavement travel safety tips.

Last updated: May 9, 2021

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Mailing Address:

2701 Barstow Road
Barstow , CA 92311


(760) 252-6100
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