News Update: San Bernardino County, CA: Multiple roads in the Mojave National Preserve will remain closed due to debris clean up and washouts repairs from storms.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: National Park Service and Mojave National Preserve (Information)

Pictures: National Park Service and Mojave National Preserve (Courtesy)

San Bernardino County, California: Multiple roads in the Mojave National Preserve will remain closed due to clean up and repairs from storms.

During the last few days, debris and washouts have affected access along these roadways in the Mojave National Preserve.

As of Friday, August 5th, 2022, the Mojave National Preserve said that currently Kelbaker Road, Cima Road, Essex Road, Zzxyz Road, Lanfair Road, Black Canyon Road, and Morning Star Road are closed and will remain closed until debris can be cleared from the roadways and the full extent of the undercuts can be assessed.

Because of these road closures, the Mojave National Preserve said that the Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center will also be closed until further notice.

The Mojave National Preserve also is reminded motorists to “Drive Like A Tortoise,” even small rain events can deposit debris on desert roads, undermine pavement, or create steep shoulder drop-offs.

According to the Mojave National Preserve, wildlife are also more present after rain, particularly desert tortoise, and “Driving Like A Tortoise” allows everyone to see road hazards, help protect wildlife, and get to their destination safely.

For the most current updates on closures and road status conditions in the preserve, please visit the Mojave National Preserve at: https://www.nps.gov/moja/road-conditions.htm

Thanks to all of the work crews who are working to clean up and repair access to the Mojave National Preserve.

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