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Mojave National Preserve

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Travel Guide North America USA Western United States California Mojave National Preserve

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Introduction

Mojave National Preserve is a United States National Preserve located in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California, USA, between Interstate 15 and Interstate 40. The preserve was established October 31, 1994 with the passage of the California Desert Protection Act by the US Congress. Mojave National Preserve is vast. At 1.6 million acres, it is the third largest unit of the National Park System in the contiguous United States.

Natural features include the Kelso Dunes, the Marl Mountains and the Cima Dome, as well as volcanic formations such as Hole-in-the-Wall and the Cinder Cone Lava Beds. The preserve encloses Providence Mountains State Recreation Area and Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve, which are both managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Impressive Joshua Tree forests cover parts of the preserve. The Cima Dome and Shadow Valley forests are the largest in the world. The defunct railroad depot and ghost town of Kelso are also found there. The depot is now the visitor center. The preserve is commonly traversed by 4 wheel drive vehicles traveling on the historic Mojave Road.

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Weather

The climate varies greatly. Summer temperatures average 32 °C, with highs exceeding 41 °C. Elevations in the Preserve range from 2,417 metres at Clark Mountain to 270 metres near Baker. Annual precipitation varies from 86 mm near Baker, to almost 230 mm in the mountains. At least 25% of precipitation comes from summer thunderstorms. Snow is often found in the mountains during the winter.

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Opening Hours

Mojave National Preserve is always open. Information centers maintain regular hours of operation.

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Cost

There is currently no entrance fee for Mojave National Preserve.

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Getting There and Around

From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, Calif., or Zyzyx Road, Cima Road, or Nipton Road.
From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road, Essex Road, or Goffs Road.

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Eat/Drink

There are no restaurants or grocery stores inside Mojave National Preserve, but nearby communities provide some services.

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Sleep

There are two campgrounds in Mojave National Preserve. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Campgrounds rarely are completely full. Roadside camping is permitted in areas that have traditionally been used for this purpose and have an existing fire ring. Group camping and Horse Camping are available by reservation only at the Black Canyon Group and Equestrian Campground

There is no lodging available within Mojave National Preserve. However, there are places to stay in nearby communities.

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