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Mojave National Preserve  


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Elevation: 2,124'
Location: 35.0121, -115.655 View Map  Incorrect?
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Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve. March 2008

Description 

This is a large area in the eastern Mojave Desert. Information about the Preserve can be found here: Mojave National Preserve

The largest conglomeration of rock is in the Granite Mountains, with rock similar to Joshua Tree NP, however climbing is prohibited because the area is administered as a research facility. Information can be found at these links:
University of California Natural Reserve System
Sweeny Granite Mountains Desert Research Center

Other rocks can be found in lesser capacities at Teutonia Peak and the Castle Peaks. Keen eyes will find a great deal of boulders in the Providence and New York Mountains.

The Preserve has a visitor center a Kelso in an old railroad depot. Otherwise services are pretty limited so top off your gas tank before entering the park. Fuel can be found along the interstates at Barstow, Baker, Cima Road and Primm.

The Preserve allows primitive car-camping along any dirt road. There are also two campgrounds - one at Hole-in-the-Wall and the other at Mid-Hills.

Mitchell Caverns in the Providence Mountains State Park is within the boundaries of the Preserve and has a worthwhile tour through limestone caverns. There is quite a lot of rock waiting for some scrambling in the hills above the Caverns.

Getting There 

Bounded on the north by Interstate 15 and the south by Interstate 40 access to the edges of the Preserve is not difficult. The interior roads are of mixed quality, being potholed asphalt or dirt.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.4 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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The scenic route. <br />Follow the Coyote Melon road.... <br /> <br />On our way to scope out some crags in the New York Mountains 10/21/08
The scenic route.
Follow the Coyote Melon road.......
The majestic Castle Peaks, and another lonely winding road.... <br /> <br />In the Mojave National preserve near Malpais Spring. Malpais translates to bad country? I've seen nothing but beauty in the MNP. It's all good. <br /> <br />Taken 10/01/08.
The majestic Castle Peaks, and another lonely wind...
Weathered road sign, Mojave National Preserve
Weathered road sign, Mojave National Preserve
Morning light and Joshua Trees, Mojave National Preserve.
Morning light and Joshua Trees, Mojave National Pr...
A High Desert Paradise
A High Desert Paradise
The world's tallest thermometer, Baker
The world's tallest thermometer, Baker
John Marinovich slabbin' it at the granites in the old days.
John Marinovich slabbin' it at the granites in the...
Kelso Depot, Mojave NP
Kelso Depot, Mojave NP
Vulcan Mine Road, Mojave National Preserve
Vulcan Mine Road, Mojave National Preserve
Granite Mountains-storm. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Granite Mountains-storm.
Photo by Blitzo.
Mojave Preserve. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mojave Preserve.
Photo by Blitzo.
Providence Mountains, Mojave NP
Providence Mountains, Mojave NP
rock @ Granite Pass
rock @ Granite Pass
Kelso Depot and approaching train from the Providence Mountains, Mojave NP
Kelso Depot and approaching train from the Provide...
Crags of the Granite Mts.
Crags of the Granite Mts.
Kelso Depot, Mojave NP
Kelso Depot, Mojave NP
Joshua Tree forest, Mojave NP
Joshua Tree forest, Mojave NP
Granite Mountains and Yucca. <br />Photo by Blitzo. <br />
Granite Mountains and Yucca.
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Granite Mountains. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Granite Mountains.
Photo by Blitzo.
Dodder. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Dodder.
Photo by Blitzo.
Lots of rock. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lots of rock.
Photo by Blitzo.
Life at Malpais Spring. <br /> <br />Taken 10/01/08
Life at Malpais Spring.

Taken 10/01/08
Bladderpod. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bladderpod.
Photo by Blitzo.
Looking out at Hart Peak from Malpais Spring.  <br /> <br />I'm lichen it! <br /> <br />Taken 10/01/08
Looking out at Hart Peak from Malpais Spring.

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By ssp
Nov 4, 2011
WE have climbed and bouldered, camped at Granite Pass Mtns for decades. I cannot believe that this 'research' facility bans climbing since climbing was going on long before they built that place ! WE have done numerous routes on the northeast side of the Crags and there are lot more routes than most people would think along the formations southwest side.
Climbing restricted there ? Give me a break !