Mojave National Preserve

General Info

  • Agency: U.S. National Park Service
  • CDFW Region: Region 6 (Inland Desert)
  • Days of Operation: always
  • Directions: click here and here
  • Entrance Fees: none
  • Headquarters: open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (760) 252-6100
  • Information Center:
  1. Summer Hours: open Saturday from 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. (May-September)
  2. Winter Hours: open Friday – Sunday from 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
  3. Phone: (760) 252-6104 or (760) 928-2572
  • Location: east of Barstow, California
  • Maps: , click here for maps of the wilderness area, roads, and facilities
  • Visitor Center: open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. excet on Christmas Day, (760) 252-6108
  • WebpageMojave National Preserve (link to directions, operating hours & seasons, fees & passes, accessibility, etc.)


  • Access:only by foot, horse, or pack animal
  • Authorized Species: all legal species, but the following are highlighted by the Park
  1. Mule Deer hunting in California

    Mule Deer hunting

    Big Game: mule deer, bighorn sheep,

  2. Furbearers:
  3. Nongame: Bobcat, coyote, and jackrabbit (hare)
  4. Small Game: Chukar, Gambel’s quial, cottontail rabbit
  5. Upland Game Birds: mourning and white-winged doves
  1. Availability: the following campgrounds are available all-year on a first-come, first-served basis
    1. Hole-in-the-Wall
    2. Mid Hills
  2. Back-country Camping: allowed without a permit, but (a) NO camping (i) along paved roads, (ii) near the day-use areas, (iii) within 200 yards of a water source, or (iv) on private property and (b) human waste must be packed out or buried in catholes 6-8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Warning shot!!! All hygiene products must be packed out.
  3. Capacity: no more than two vehicles and eight people
  4. Contact: (760) 928-2572 or (760) 252-6104
  5. Fees: generally $12 per site per night
  6. Groups: the Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground is ideal, but requires a reservation and $25/night
  7. Roadside camping: allowed in established locations marked with rock or metal fire rings–no new sites
  • Deer Hunting: located in Zone D-17, tags are required for hunting deer.  Warning shot!!!  VHF high-frequency radio collar, which are fitted on some mule deer bucks, to the National Park Service of California Department of Fish and Wildlife, call (760) 252-6100 and click here
  • Dog and pet restrictions

    Use of dogs

    Dogs: must remain under the hunter’s control while hunting; otherwise, a leash is required and dogs may not be left unattended inside a vehicle

  • Firearms:
  1. Loading: must be unloaded, cased, and broken down except while hunting
  2. Shooting: NOT allowed within 1/2 mile of developed areas (e.g. campgrounds, information centers, Kelso Dunes, Fort Piute, Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, and the Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx)
  3. Vehicles: NO shooting from vehicles except by a mobility-impaired disabled person with a Motor Vehicle Hunting License. Warning shot!!! Motor vehicles may NOT be used to pursue, dive, hered, or take any bird or mammal
  • Firewood: must be brought in. Warning shot!!! NO cutting or collecting green or downed wood
  • Groups: a special permit must be purchased for groups of sever vehicles or 15 individuals. Warning shot!!!  Proof of insurance and a bond may be required, call (760) 252-6107 for details.
  • California rules and regulations for the public use of horses and horseback while on national wildlife refuges, California state wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon) and fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

    Use of horses

    Horses: allowed while hunting in designated wilderness areas

  • Hunting areas: only in designated wilderness areas, which are marked with flexible, brown wilderness marking posts (see Maps below)
  • Junior hunting in California

    Junior hunting

    Juniors: special guided quail

  1. Ages: 16 and under
  2. Contact: (760) 252-6100
  3. Quota: 50
  4. Registration: required
  5. When: October
  6. Where: Black Canyon Group Campground at Hole-in-the-Wall
  • License: a CA hunting license is required
  • Maps: Mojave Wilderness Hunting Areas
  • Pack Animals: allowed while hunting in designated wilderness areas
  • Regulations: general State hunting regulations
  • Spotlights: generally allowed from a vehicle to take furbearing and nongame mammals except during the general mule deer season. Warning shot!!! The motor must be turned off and NOT on a public road.
  • Target shooting: NOT allowed
  • Vehicles: must be street legal and are NOT allowed in wilderness areas. Warning shot!!!  No motorized equipment or mechanical transport (e.g. bicycles) in the wilderness areas
  • Water Sources: hunting is limited to 30 minutes per hour
  • Webpage:



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