The Mojave Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness"
as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964
. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques
when visiting the Mojave Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
-- Unless otherwise specified, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport, with the exception of wheelchairs, is allowed.
-- Pets must be leashed at all times.
-- Store all food and garbage in a manner that will prevent access by wildlife. Carry plastic bags and pack out all trash.
-- Pack out all toilet paper and hygiene products.
-- Pet excrement must be collected and disposed of in garbage receptacles.
-- Disturbing, defacing, or collecting plants, animals, rocks, and historic or archeological objects is prohibited. As part of our national heritage, these resources should be left as they are found for all to enjoy. Metal detectors are not allowed.
-- Campfires are allowed in established fire rings only, or with use of a portable firepan (be sure to pack out ashes). Do not leave fires smoldering or unattended.
-- Cutting or collecting any wood, including downed wood, is prohibited. All firewood must be brought into the preserve.
-- Camping is limited to a maximum of 14 consecutive days per visit/stay and 30 total days per year.
-- Campsites must be more than 200 yards from any water source.
-- Camping is not permitted: within 1/4 mile of any paved road or the Zzyzx Road; within 1/2 mile of Fort Piute or Kelso Depot; within 1 mile north (i.e., the crest of the dunes) or 1/4 mile south of the Kelso Dunes access road.