Mojave - Western National Parks Association


National Preserve


Singing sand dunes, cinder cone volcanoes, a large Joshua tree forest, and carpets of spring wildflowers populate this 1.6-million-acre park. Visit canyons, mountains, and mesas to discover stories of long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. It’s a serene stop between Los Angeles, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mojave National Preserve

Explore Mojave National Preserve

Located in stunning deserts of Southern California, the Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 by the California Desert Protection Act. Of the preserve’s 1.6 million acres, half are designated as wilderness. Park visitors can observe the many species of birds and animals, as well as the diversity of plants that grow among the park’s wide range of elevations. This unique desert landscape encompasses three of North America’s four major deserts and preserves rocks dating back 2.5 billion years in the Clark Mountains. Together with its natural wonders, the preserve also protects the culture of the Mojave and Chemehuevi tribes that have inhabited the region for more than ten thousand years and continues to honor the spiritual and cultural significance of the land and the earth’s living creatures.

Stories from Mojave

Association of Prehistoric Human Habitation with Springs and Wetlands in the Mojave Desert
Effects of Small Mammals on Post-Fire Vegetation Recovery in the Mojave Desert (Year 1)
Since our founding in 1938

WNPA has provided more than

$136 million

in aid to our partner parks to fund educational programs, initiatives, and scientific research

Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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Bring the Parks Home

When you can’t get to a national park for a visit, experience it from the comfort of your home. WNPA’s online store is packed with ranger-approved park collectibles, books, toys, and clothing. Shop for a special item.