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THINGS TO DO IN CALIFORNIA

Mojave National Preserve


Hours: [Open 24 Hours]          Open: Daily          Cost: [Free]          Group Size: [Any]
Hours: [M-F 8am-5pm]
 Open: Daily
Cost: [$$$]
Group Size: [15-20]

About the Mojave National Preserve

The Mojave National Preserve has singing sand dunes and cinder cone volcanoes. On your visit, you can find canyons, mountains, and mesas that will reveal abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. As you drive by the preserve it may appear featureless and inhospitable, but as you get closer you will see the many wonders of the preserve. There are water-sculpted canyons, ancient lava flows, limestone caverns, massive sand dunes, and Joshua tree forests reaching to a desert horizon. The best place to start your visit is at the preserve's excellent visitor center. 

About the Mojave National Preserve

The Mojave National Preserve has singing sand dunes and cinder cone volcanoes. On your visit, you can find canyons, mountains, and mesas that will reveal abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. As you drive by the preserve it may appear featureless and inhospitable, but as you get closer you will see the many wonders of the preserve. There are water-sculpted canyons, ancient lava flows, limestone caverns, massive sand dunes, and Joshua tree forests reaching to a desert horizon. The best place to start your visit is at the preserve's excellent visitor center. 

Things to do in the Preserve

The Mojave National Preserve has many different attractions in and near the area. Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Backpacking is a favorite in the area. There are a variety of challenges, with sweeping views, and dark night skies. There are very few established hiking trails in the preserve, abandoned dirt roads, and ridges that offer plenty of hiking opportunities. Pets must be leashed and never left unattended while you are in the park. The park also has some 4-wheel drive routes. The Aiken Mine Road to the Lava Tube is one of the most popular trails in the area.

Things to do in the Preserve

The Mojave National Preserve has many different attractions in and near the area. Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Backpacking is a favorite in the area. There are a variety of challenges, with sweeping views, and dark night skies. There are very few established hiking trails in the preserve, abandoned dirt roads, and ridges that offer plenty of hiking opportunities. Pets must be leashed and never left unattended while you are in the park. The park also has some 4-wheel drive routes. The Aiken Mine Road to the Lava Tube is one of the most popular trails in the area.

Guest Reviews

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I Love this Place!

I love this place! Lots to see, lots to learn in these beautiful preserve. Sunrise and sunset are my favorite here. There are lots of wild animals here that i have seen like the desert tortoise, gopher snake, king snake, red racer, rabbits, bobcats, honey badger and definitely good for bird watchers, seen birds like humming birds, pinion jays, turkey vultures, goldfinch, hawks, ravens, quails, doves etc. i highly recommend this place for sight seeings, campings, off roading, hiking etc.

-Xander Skye, Google

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I Love this Place!

I love this place! Lots to see, lots to learn in these beautiful preserve. Sunrise and sunset are my favorite here. There are lots of wild animals here that i have seen like the desert tortoise, gopher snake, king snake, red racer, rabbits, bobcats, honey badger and definitely good for bird watchers, seen birds like humming birds, pinion jays, turkey vultures, goldfinch, hawks, ravens, quails, doves etc. i highly recommend this place for sight seeings, campings, off roading, hiking etc.
-Xander Skye, Google

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Love visiting these hidden treasures

Love visiting these hidden treasures when we are practicing social distancing... weather was great and it was so beautiful after plenty of rain in the area so beautiful flowers!!
-Matthew Norris, Google

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Incredible Park

Incredible park. We made a trip here while we were staying in Twentynine Palms, and it was so worth it.

We were lucky enough to hit here during a snow storm; roads were a hair iffy but only at higher elevations. Landscape was stunning and surreal in the snow. We hiked the Kelso-Dunes and got caught in an actual snow squall at the top. Lots of Joshua trees in the preserve, beautiful expanses, and even wild bovine deeper in the park. Everything you could ask for in the desert!

-Brett Wagner, Google

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Love visiting these hidden treasures

Love visiting these hidden treasures when we are practicing social distancing... weather was great and it was so beautiful after plenty of rain in the area so beautiful flowers!!

-Matthew Norris, Google

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Incredible Park

Incredible park. We made a trip here while we were staying in Twentynine Palms, and it was so worth it.

We were lucky enough to hit here during a snow storm; roads were a hair iffy but only at higher elevations. Landscape was stunning and surreal in the snow. We hiked the Kelso-Dunes and got caught in an actual snow squall at the top. Lots of Joshua trees in the preserve, beautiful expanses, and even wild bovine deeper in the park. Everything you could ask for in the desert!

-Brett Wagner, Google

Map and Directions

Directions to Mojave National Preserve:

From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, California, or Zyzyx Road, Cima Road, or Nipton Road.

From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road, Essex Road, or Goffs Road.

Directions to Kelso Depot Visitors Center:

From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, California, and drive south 34 miles to Kelso Depot.

From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road (28 miles east of Ludlow, California) and drive north 22 miles to Kelso Depot.

Map and Directions

Directions to Mojave National Preserve:

From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, California, or Zyzyx Road, Cima Road, or Nipton Road.

From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road, Essex Road, or Goffs Road.

Directions to Kelso Depot Visitors Center:

From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, California, and drive south 34 miles to Kelso Depot.

From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road (28 miles east of Ludlow, California) and drive north 22 miles to Kelso Depot.

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