Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve

Kelso Depot Visitor Center

Information, exhibits, orientation film, art gallery, bookstore, restrooms, lunch counter, water, picnic area.

The renovated Kelso Depot is now the primary Visitor Center for Mojave National Preserve. Former dormitory rooms contain exhibits describing the cultural and natural history of the surrounding desert. The baggage room, ticket office, and two dormitory rooms have been historically furnished to illustrate life in the depot in the first half of the twentieth century. A 12-minute orientation film is shown in the theater.

Basement gallery space features rotating fine art collections by local artists, focusing on the cultural history and natural splendors of Mojave national Preserve.

"The Beanery" at Kelso
After a nearly two decade-long haitus, the Kelso Depot lunch counter?"The Beanery"?is back in business. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee, cold ice cream, a fresh deli sandwich, or the latest gossip in this unique setting, painstakingly restored to its historic, 1924 appearance.

Hours of Operation
Open daily (except Christmas Day), 9 a.m.?5 p.m.

Entrance Fee

760 252-6108


From I-15: Exit Kelbaker Road at Baker, Calif. Continue 35 miles southeast on Kelbaker Road to Kelso, Calif.
From I-40: Exit Kelbaker Road (about 29 miles east of Ludlow Calif., or 28 miles west of Fenner, Calif.). Continue 22 miles north on Kelbaker Road to Kelso, Calif.