LocationMap of Mojave National Preserve
Roads and Sites
Various types of roads
cross the 1.6 million acres of the Mojave National Preserve; many are unpaved and lead to old settlements, springs, water wells and dozens of mines, some still in use but most long disused. Main (paved) routes into the area from the north leave from three I-15 exits; the Kelbaker, Cima and Morning Star Mine roads, the latter two of which converge at Cima, from which a good quality road continues to an intersection with Kelbaker Road at Kelso, then proceeds further south and eventually meets I-40 at the southern edge of the preserve. All routes pass many points of interest, and the journey from I-15 along any of the three makes a great drive of 2 hours or so. The route initially on Morning Star Mine Road also forms part of the shortest drive from Las Vegas
to Palm Springs
. The main visitor center for the preserve is at Kelso, occupying an old railway depot, but the greatest concentration of facilities (campgrounds and trails) are in the Hole-in-the-Wall region further east, reached by a paved road from the south or good quality unpaved routes from the north. For hiking
, there are few maintained trails though opportunities for cross-country exploration are almost limitless.