This information is provided by the National Park Service (nps.gov)
THE MAIN CAUSE OF DEATH IN MOJAVE
More people die in single-car accidents due to speeding than by any other means. Reduce your speed. DO NOT DEPEND ON A GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM. GPS maps of remote areas, including Mojave National Preserve, are notoriously unreliable. Carry a folding map. Getting lost will really mess up your trip.
CARRY AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Carry a minimum of a gallon per person per day in your vehicle even if you are just passing through. You will need it in an emergency. Carry more if you plan to be active. Fluid and electrolyte levels must be balanced, so have salty foods or
“sports drinks” handy as well.
Hikers, backpackers, and those traveling on dirt roads need to be self-reliant and well-prepared. Plan ahead, carry
detailed maps, and let someone know your plans.
While driving, be alert for water running in washes and across dips in the road. When hiking and camping, avoid canyons
and washes during rain storms, and be prepared to move to higher ground.
DRESS PROPERLY FOR HIKING
Wear loose-fitting clothing and sturdy shoes that protect your feet from rocks and cactus. Use sunscreen and wear a
hat. Carry a light jacket as temperatures drop dramatically when the sun goes down.
AVOID HIKING IN EXTREME HEAT
Do not hike in the low elevations when temperatures are high; the mountains are cooler in summer. Typically, extreme heat means 110 degrees if you are not used to it.
WATCH FOR SIGNS OF TROUBLE ON HOT DAYS
If you feel dizzy or nauseated, or if you develop a headache, get out of the sun
immediately, and drink water or sports drinks. Dampen clothing to lower body
temperature. Be alert for symptoms in others.
Never place your hands or feet where you cannot see first. Rattlesnakes, scorpions, or black widow spiders might be sheltered there. Make plenty of noise (like singing, to let the snakes aware of your presence; then you won’t startle them into attacking and they will avoid you .
Never enter a mine. They are unmaintained and unstable, and you might encounter pockets of bad air or poisonous gas and animals. Stay out, and stay alive!
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
Cell phones do not work in many areas. Try moving uphill to get a signal. To call
for help, dial 911 or the Federal Interagency Communications Center at 909-383-5651. After calling, stay with your car until help comes.