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 remain closed as crews continue to clear debris and repair washouts from storms.
Last week, debris and washouts have affected access along these roadways in the Mojave National Preserve from heavy rain from passing thunderstorms.
As of Monday, August 8th, 2022, the Mojave National Preserve said that paved roads into the preserve remain closed as park staff continue their efforts to safely clear debris, and Kelbaker Road, Cima Road, Essex Road, Zzxyz Road, Lanfair Road, Black Canyon Road, and Morning Star Road is still closed.
We would like to encourage drivers to #DriveLikeATortoise. Even small rain events can deposit debris on desert roads, undermine pavement, or create steep shoulder drop-offs. Despite there being more storms predicted this week, park staff are working hard to reopen roads in the preserve.
The Mojave National Preserve reminds 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.