Mojave National Preserve Now Open
Clean up from Hurricane Hilary is progressing. As of September 19, 2023, all paved roads in the Preserve are open with the exception of Cima Road. All campgrounds are open. The York Fire burn area restrictions have been lifted as well as fire restrictions in the Preserve. Standard Preserve regulations apply. 4WD high clearance vehicles, without trailers are recommended for all non-paved roads in Mojave National Preserve. All back country roads may have unknown damage due to Hurricane Hilary. Travel at your own risk. See the road conditions section below for closures and closure map. Kelso Depot remains closed. Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center is now open.
Facility StatusEffective September 22, 2023 7:00 am
Road Conditions & Construction Updates
Learn the latest on the Cima Road construction closure and other road conditions that affect your visit to Mojave National Preserve
In winter, expect freezing temperatures and strong winds with occasional snow. Summer brings very high temperatures & strong thunderstorms
Some Questions You Might Have
Mojave National Preserve cooperates with internal and external emergency services, which can be contacted dialing 911.
As of February 2023, the Lava Tube requires a heavy duty four-wheel-drive vehicle to enter the lava tube area from Valley View Ranch Road or the Mojave Road. Motorists are not allowed to drive on the Kelbaker Road. Be prepared to enter and exit the area on a long rough dirt road. Use of Kelbaker Road between Kelso and Baker is subject to safety hazards related to an active construction zone, and could result in a traffic citation.
What do we mean by heavy duty four-wheel drive?
For the trip on the mojave Road and Valley View Ranch Road, you will need off road rated tires that have heavy duty sidewalls. Most all wheel drive SUV vehicles come with highway rated tires with thin sidewalls. You will need a vehcile equiped with skid plates and other drive train protection. you will also need a vehicle that has a low range transfer case. Most SUVs and All Wheel Drive Vehicles are not properly equiped to visit the Lava Tube at this time.
The Mojave National Preserve bookstore is run by our nonprofit partner, the Western National Parks Association. The bookstore is currently located at Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center. An online store is also available for virtual visitors to the preserve. Search for "Mojave National Preserve" in the online bookstore.
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Last updated: September 22, 2023