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