Alerts & Conditions



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.


palm trees in front of kelso depot
The historic Kelso Depot offers a shaded oasis at the junction of two roads within the preserve.

NPS/K. Lewandowski

Facility Status

Effective September 22, 2023 7:00 am


  • Kelso Depot Visitor Center (Indoor areas due to HVAC system failure)
  • Soda Lake Crossing of the Mojave Rd. and Cima Rd. (See Road Conditions for details)
  • No access to Teutonia Peak Trailhead or White Cross World War I Memorial (March 20, 2023 to March 31, 2024 due to construction closure on Cima Road.
  • Teutonia Peak Trail


  • Kelso Depot parking lot, picnic tables, and restrooms
  • Kelso Dunes Road and Trails (beware of heat illness in this area)
  • Hole-in-the-Wall information Center is open Friday to Monday 10AM to 4PM
  • Rings Loop and Barber Peak Trails
  • Most 4WD roads
a white Jeep on a dirt road
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

A rainbow in a darkened sky over Kelso Dunes with creosote in the background.

In winter, expect freezing temperatures and strong winds with occasional snow. Summer brings very high temperatures & strong thunderstorms

Picnic table, fire pit, and desert bluffs at Hole-in-the-Wall Campground

Camping is in tents, RVs, vans, and more but prepare for possible crowds on weekends.

image of a campfire burning at night
Fire Restrictions

Fire safety is everyone's responsibility. Know before you go where fires are allowed. All fires are prohibited during windy conditions.


Some Questions You Might Have

  • All passport stamps for Mojave National Preserve and Castle Mountains National Monument are available at the Hole-In-The-Wall Information Center. You can even download a PDF form and put in your desired date for the stamp remotely. Even after hours, you can use the self service passport stamp station located on the front porch of the Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center.
  • Junior Ranger Programs can be downloaded and printed at home. Junior Ranger badges and books can also be obtained in person at Hole-In-The-Wall Information Center. This is subject to ranger staffing. In person materials are subject to change without notice.
  • You can write Mojave National Preserve e-mail us or call us at (760)252-6100 to obtain cancelation stamps, junior ranger books, and Junior Ranger Badges. Please leave us a postal mail address in your email or voicemail message to send the requested materials.

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.


Loading weather forecast...


Last updated: September 22, 2023

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311


(760) 252-6100
For emergencies including vehicle breakdowns, dial 911

Contact Us