Dates and Hours of Operation

The preserve is always open. Information centers (see below) maintain regular hours of operation.

Fees and Reservations.

There are no entrance fees. See below Campgrounds for information about campground reservations and fees.
Information Centers. Three information centers provide orientation, information, and trip-planning advice. Park rangers are on duty. Western National Parks Association (WNPA) bookstores offer books, maps, and more.

Kelso Depot Visitor Center

Located on Kelbaker Road, 34 miles southeast of Baker, CA. Open seven days per week from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Closed on Christmas.

Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center

Located near Hole-in-the-Wall Campground.

Headquarters Information Center

Located at 2701 Barstow Road, Barstow, Calif. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Food.  Limited snacks are available in the Western National Parks Association stores at Kelso Depot Visitor Center and Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center, but there is no restaurant. Restaurants are located along I-15 at Barstow and Baker, Calif. and along I-40 at Ludlow, Fenner, and Needles, Calif. Water.  Drinking water is available only at Kelso Depot Visitor Center, Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center, Hole-in-the-Wall, Black Canyon and Mid-Hills campgrounds.


There are no gasoline stations within Mojave National Preserve. Gasoline can be purchased along I–40 at Needles, Fenner, and Ludlow, Calif., along I–15 at Baker, Calif., the Cima Road exit, and Primm, Nev., and along U.S. 95 at Searchlight and at the Nev.163 junction south of Cal-Nev-Ari, Nev.


There are no motels within Mojave National Preserve. Lodging may be available in Barstow, Nipton,
Ludlow, Needles, Baker, and Twentynine Palms, Calif., and in Primm and Searchlight, Nev.


Bicycles are allowed in parking areas, on paved roads, and on existing, open dirt roads. Bicycles are
not allowed in Wilderness Areas or for cross-country travel.


Although not allowed inside information centers, pets are welcome elsewhere. They must be leashed and never left unattended. Dogs used during hunting activities must be under the owner’s control at all times. Pet excrement must be collected and disposed of in garbage receptacles.


Permits are required for all organized events, group events (more than 15 individuals or 7 vehicles),
and commercial activities such as filming. Fees apply. Proof of insurance and posting of a bond
might also be required. Call 760-252-6107 or visit for more information.

Hunting and Firearms

Hunting is permitted in accordance with state regulations. All hunting activities require a license; additional permits and tags might apply. Visit the California Department of Fish & Wildlife website at for more information.
Target shooting or “plinking” is prohibited. (you might hit someone).  All firearms transported within the preserve must be unloaded, cased, and broken down, except during lawful hunting activities. No shooting is permitted within 1/2 mile of developed areas, including campgrounds, information centers, Kelso Dunes, Fort Piute, Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center,  and the Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx.

Collecting and Vandalism

Disturbing, defacing, or collecting plants, animals, rocks, historic or archeological objects is prohibited.
Leave these resources as you find them for everyone to enjoy. Metal detectors are not allowed.

Private Property

Private inholdings are found throughout the preserve. Please respect the rights of our neighbors. It is your responsibility to obtain permission before hunting, hiking, or entering private property.

Cattle and Fences

Most grazing within Mojave National Preserve occurs on public land. This land is open to you to
explore, but please don’t disturb cattle, fences, or water tanks. Leave gates as you find them.
Watch for cattle on roadways.

Firewood & Campfires

Wood is scarce in the desert. Cutting or collecting any wood, including downed wood, is prohibited.
All firewood, including kindling, must be brought in. Firewood might be available for purchase at Baker, Fenner, Needles or Nipton, Calif. Campfires are allowed in campground fire rings and other established sites. To minimize your impact, use a firepan and pack out the ashes. Please do not leave fires smoldering or unattended.