Ranger Perspectives

Michael Glore
Interpretive Ranger, 2009

Wilderness (38.18 KB PDF) Mojave National Preserve has 695,200 acres of legally protected Wilderness, but what does that mean?

Rana Knighten
Interpretive Ranger, 2008

Eagle Rocks, by Rana Knighten. (439.52 KB PDF) About 3/4 mile west of Mid-Hills Campground on Wild Horse Canyon Road, turn right onto an unmarked dirt road (high clearance vehicle recommended). Drive another 0.2 miles, bearing right at a junction, and park at a wide spot in the road before a wilderness marker. Beyond the marker, continue on foot along the sandy, wash-like route towards Eagle Rocks, looming to the northwest.

Tim Duncan (Protection)
Ruby Newton (Interp)
Park Rangers, 2009

Kelso & Trains, by Tim Duncan & Ruby Newton. Kelso Depot is the main visitor center for Mojave National Preserve. Open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. From I-15, at Baker, travel south 34 miles on Kelbaker Road to the Depot. From I-40, travel north 23 miles on Kelbaker Road. The Depot is located at the intersection of Kelbaker and Kelso-Cima Road.

Matt Jatovsky
Interpretive Ranger, 2008

Piute Creek, by Matt Jatovsky. Piute Creek is one of the few springs in the preserve that runs year-around. It is located on the eastern boundary, 9.5 miles east of the junction of Lanfair and Cedar Canyon Roads, then 0.5 mile north. High clearance and four-wheel drive is recommended for this route.

Jennifer Morrell
Interpretive Ranger, 2011

Kelso Dunes, by Jennifer Morrell. Hikers at sunrise and sunset are treated to both cooler temperatures and the rose-colored glow of the dunes, but there's nothing quite like a full-moon trek to the top of these desert sands. From the Kelso Depot, travel seven miles south on Kelbaker Road, then three miles west on the well-graded dirt road to the trailhead.

Last updated: May 11, 2020

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