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Information & Visitor Centers

Contact the superintendent, Mojave National Preserve, 2701 Barstow Rd., Barstow, CA 92311 (tel. 760/252-6100; www.nps.gov/moja).

The best source for up-to-date weather conditions and a free map is the Mojave National Preserve-Kelso Depot Visitor Center, 90942 Kelso-Cima Rd., Kelso, CA 92309 (tel. 760/252-6108), which offers a superior selection of books. The historic depot in the heart of the preserve is open daily from 9am to 5pm year-round. Additional information and maps are available inside the preserve at the Hole-in-the-Wall Ranger Station (tel. 760/928-2572 or 760/252-6104), open on weekends in summer from 9am to 4pm and Wednesday through Sunday in winter from 9am to 4pm.

Fees & Warnings

Entry to the preserve is free. Campsites at two developed campgrounds cost $12, but dispersed camping is free. A constant threat in the desert is dehydration. Rangers recommended drinking 1 gallon of water per person per day, twice that if you're planning strenuous activity.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.