Mojave National Preserve is a United States National Preserve located in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California, in between Interstate 15 and Interstate 40. The desert preserve was established in 1994, with the passage of the California Desert Protection Act by the US Congress. Previously, it was the East Mojave National Scenic Area, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management.
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 State Park system – California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Impressive Joshua tree forests are found in parts of the preserve. The forest covering Cima Dome and the adjacent Shadow Valley is the largest and densest in the world. In August of 2020 a wildfire destroyed 1.3 million Joshua Trees around Cima Dome.
The ghost town of Kelso is found in the preserve, with the defunct railroad depot serving as the Visitor Center. The preserve is commonly traversed by 4 wheel drive vehicles traveling on the historic Mojave Road.
Climate in the preserve varies greatly. Summer temperatures average 90 °F, with highs exceeding 105 °F. Elevations in the preserve range from 7,929 feet at Clark Mountain to 880 feet near Baker, CA. Annual precipitation varies from 3″ near Baker, to almost 9″ in the mountains. About 25% of precipitation comes from summer thunderstorms. Snow is often found in the mountains during the winter.
We have a nice spread of desert topographic maps listed below for the Mojave Desert region of California. Whether you want to hike, mountain bike, camp, climb, play on the sand dunes or just relax and stargaze, we have you covered. The centrally located historic train station, the Kelso Depot, has been totally restored and is now the area’s Visitors Center.
Mojave National Park Map #256 NatGeo California Desert Maps
Trails Illustrated Map from National Geographic. Mojave National Preserve Park map #256.
Camping, hiking and stargazing. Sand dunes, lava tubes and dirt roads! Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, Cinder Cone Lave Beds, Kelso Depot Visitors Center, Cima Road, Kelso Dunes, New York Mountains. Back Roads Mojave, Back Country Hiking Map. Scenic Drives to explore. Very detailed & colorful. Waterproof Plastic Map; Tear Resistant. GPS data. ISBN#749717012561
Jawbone Cyn Map / OHV routes / Randsburg Ghost Town / Old Mines & Tunnels / Joshua Trees / Pinyon Pines / Red Rock Canyon
Jawbone Canyon OHV North Mojave Desert Map; Topo features, Waterways, Trails & Roads. Motorized & no-motorized trails. Eastern Kern County High Desert. Spangler Hills OHV, Trona Pinnacles National Monument, Randsburg Mining District, 4×4 OHV, Red Mountain, Johannesburg, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Last Chance Canyon, El Paso Mountain Wilderness, Desert Tortoise Preserve, Kiavah Wilderness, Dove Springs OHV, Bright Star Wilderness, Tehachapi Loop, Walker Basin, California City, BLM Camping Mojave California Desert Trails, Southern Sequoia National Forest OHV; 2008 Map by Friends of Jawbone w/ California Trail Users Coalition