Helpful Tips Prior to Entering Mojave National Preserve
If you plan to drive to Las Vegas and have even an hour to spare, you can at least sample some of Mojave National Preserve's spectacular scenery on a scenic detour!
Below are helpful tips to know prior to entering Mojave National Preserve:
If You Have Only 1 Hour:
Mojave National Preserve is huge at roughly 1.6 million acres with nearly a dozen different access points. Below are some of the more popular features you can see on a short visit.
If You Have Only 2 Hours:You can do any of the activities above, extend your hikes, or include a stop at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center. From outside, peak into the front of the building to see the lunch counter, the ticket and telegraph room, and the passenger waiting room. This is a good place to go birding..
You can also have a picnic at a table at either Kelso Depot or the Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Centers.
The 1.5 mile Rings Trail at the Hole-in-the-Wall Visitors Center is a very popular hike.
If You Only Have 3 Hours:
You can do any of the activities listed above and take an extended hike! Most Established Trails, except the Barber Peak Trail and the Mid Hills to Hole-in-the-Wall Trail, can be completed in 3 hours or less.
You can also visit the Lava Tube! Learn more about the Lava Tube Hike here. High Clearance recomended.
If You Have 4 to 6 Hours:
Check out the Hole-in-the-Wall area of the Preserve. You can hike the Rings Trail and continue on to the Barber Peak Trail.
Last updated: March 15, 2022