Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave National Preserve provides serenity and solitude from major metropolitan areas, and plenty of backcountry adventure. The preserve is popular for overlanding, hiking, horseback riding, stargazing and off-the-grid camping. The preserve contains much of the Mojave Road, and ancient Native American trail that is now a destination overlanding route.
Two developed family campgrounds are available year-round at Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall. Roadside vehicle camping is permitted in areas that have been traditionally used for this purpose: sites with existing rock or metal fire rings should be considered suitable for roadside camping.
Roadside vehicle camping is permitted in areas that have been traditionally used for this purpose: sites with existing rock or metal fire rings should be considered suitable for roadside camping. Do not camp along paved roads, in day-use areas, on private property, or within 1/4 mile of any water source or cultural site. For more details on camping, visit the preserve camping guide.
Three of the four major North American Deserts come together at Mojave National Preserve, supporting a surprising diversity of plants and wildlife. A rich geologic history and a wide range of elevations throughout the park make for unique landscapes.
Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. Exploring the canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads and rock-walled military outposts. The preserve is managed by the National Park Service.
Size: 1.6 million acres
Terrain Type(s): Desert
Park headquarters in Barstow, California is about an hour's drive from the Preserve, and offers maps and information. The main visitor center, Kelso Depot, is located inside the Preserve at the intersection of Kelso-Cima and Kelbaker Roads.
Address: 2701 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA, 92311